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The minicam — it' s everywhere ! 
But did you know that it's CTA's 
own minicam? Operated by the 
Video division of the Training/ 
Development programs depart- 
ment, CTA TV probably won't win 
any Emmies this year, but its pro- 
ducers, directors, and cameramen 
are out to capture the CTA em- 
ploye audience. 

Several programs have been 
produced already. One, entitled 
"Handling the Public," deals with 
bus courtesy, and consists entirely 
of group Interviews with operators 
from the North Park and 77th Street 

In the tape, the operators tell 
their methods of dealing with 
problems, sometimes going be- 
yond the methods illustrated in the 
rulebook. The situations are com- 
mon ones, such as getting people to move to the rear 
of the bus, how to deal with complaints, and what to do 
with riders who insist on bringing baby strollers onto 
the bus„ While most of the solutions are simply com- 
mon sense, some are quite extreme, such as chewing 
garlic to get people to move back. 

"Handling the Public" is going to be shown at every 
garage on the system, with the premiere scheduled for 
late January at the 77th Street and North Park garages. 

The crew has also taped and produced two versions 
of the CTA Technical Institute. One is a five-minute 
tape that basically e}q)lains what the CTATI is, and it 

As Elonzo Hill, superintendent, Training Center, videotapes, Art Hubbard, assistant supervisor. 
Instruction, and Rosalio Garcia, M/P intern, engage in a role-playing discussion. 

will be used rather like an advertisement. It will be 
sent to prospective participants at other authorities 
throughout the nation. 

The second version is longer and more detailed. It 
will be shown to people not having time to take the 
entire ^I, but interested in increasing their knowledge 

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Bob Bizar, director of the video project, envisions 
CTA TV as a three-fold program. First is its train- 
ing value, especially in refresher courses. Secondly, 
the system can easily be used as an internal commu- 
nication system, carrying messages in a more vibrant 
form than a simple memo. And third, the camera can 
record, both visually and aurally, events of historical 
significance, such as the October visit of the Pope, and 
last summer's White House fire. 

With the limited equipment of one color and two 
black-and-white cameras, the eagerness of the crew, 
and the cooperation of the subjects are essential ele- 
ments to the project. 

Future training problems to be taped include a 
feature on turning the 55 foot long articulated bus; an 
explanation of how the control center operates, and a 
tape on NapervUle roads for the travel information 

In addition, the Claims and Law departments have 
requested tapes of their guest speakers, so that the 
speakers will not need to keep returning for small 
groups of trainees. The tapes will then be filed and 
replayed whenever necessary. 

Ted Radakovic tapes as Martha Koch interviews Harold Robinson 
in the Travel Information Center. 

Management education sessions also use the video 
system in their role-playing sessions of corrective 
case interviews and performance evaluations. The 
sessions are recorded, then played back and critiqued 
by the group. By actually seeing and hearing how they 
perform in typical employe relation situations, the 
participants gain a better perspective on how they are 
actually seen by others. 

Currently, a documentary is being produced. Its 
subject is the accessibility that CTA provides through- 
out the city, from the Loop to the neighborhoods. The 
tapes' premise is that the CTA is responding to the 
needs of the thousands of people who, for one reason 
or another, are moving into, or staying in, the city. 
This "special" is going to be viewed by neighborhood 
organizations, the State Street Council and other con- 
cerned business groups, as well as the CTA Board 
of Directors. 

The video crew, Martha Koch, Mike McNamara, and 
Ted Radakovic, has become a familiar sight to many 
employes in the past few months. So now, when you 
see the camera, SMILE, you're on CTA TV. 


Mike McNamara.Ted Radakovicand 
Martha Koch (left to right) tape 
their latest effort, a documentary 
on the control center. The bus 
controller is Derrick Robinson. 

Bob BIzar (second from right), 
director of the video project, 
reviews the tape "Handling the 
Public" with the CTA TV staff. 

JANUARY, 1980 

CTA Board adopts 1980 budget 

The Chicago Transit Board adopted an operating 
budget of $504,482,000 for the 1980 fiscal year on 
Jan. 9. The 1980 budget represents an increase of 
13.4 per cent over the 1979 operating expenses of 

In an introduction before the budget hearing on 
Dec. 12, George Krambles, Executive Director, ex- 
plained that the budget reflects continuing inflation 
which for 1979 will be over 14 per cent and for 1980 
is anticipated at a 9 and one-half per cent rate. 

"A 30-year decline in ridership has been reversed, 
and the number of CTA riders has steadily increased 
since 1973. In 1979, the CTA provided 722 million 
passenger trips, an increase of 3.7 percent over 1978, 
and an increase of 15.6 per cent over 1973. This trend 
will continue," said Krambles. 

Paul Kole, General Finance Manager, said that the 
13.4 per cent increase for 1980 is attributed in its 
entirety to anticipated inflationary increases in labor, 
material, and other expenses. 

"As an example," Kole said, "the price of diesel 
fuel was 42 cents per gallon at this time last year and 
now the current price is 72 cents a gallon, an in- 
crease of 71 per cent," 

System-generated revenue for 1980 is expected to 

New Year's resolution 

Board Member Nick Ruggiero presents button with the wording "CTA 
1980 New Year's Resolution - Keep within our budget" to Chairman 
Barnes when the budget was approved at the January board meeting. 
While distributing the buttons, Ruggiero expressed his hope that every 
employe of the CTA will make every possible effort to achieve this goal. 

increase to $262.7 million or 15.7 per cent over 1979 
projected results. 

"This increase results mainly from the fare change 
effective in November, 1979, and also includes an es- 
timated one per cent increase in ridership for 1980," 
said Kole. 

To cover 1980 operating expenses, $241,792,000 
will be required in public funding through the Regional 
Transportation Authority. In addition to the public 
funding for operating costs, the 1980 budget also in- 
cludes requests to the RTA for public assistance of 
$801,000 to pay interest on CTA revenue bonds and 
$300,000 for unanticipated emergency capital im- 
provement expenses. 

The required public funding through the BTA 
represents a decrease from 49.1 per cent in 1979 to 
48 per cent in 1980. 

Qf the total budget, 64.4 per cent is for operating 
the 2,420 buses and 1,100 rapid transit cars. Buses 
on 137 routes operate over 254,000 scheduled miles 
each weekday. Over 2,500 train departures are made 
each weekday. 

Maintenance of buses, rapid transit cars, structures, 
and facilities account for 29.7 percent of the operating 

Use of operating funds 

$505.6 Million 





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Construction of 225 
new bus shelters begins 

The first CTA bus passenger shelter designed for 
narrow sites was constructed at the comer of Adams 
street and Campbell avenue on Nov. 30o 

This shelter, one of 10 experimental shelters being 
tried out by the CTA, was among an order of 225 
shelters now being constructed throughout the CTA's 
service area. 

The 10 experimental shelters have narrow side 
panels and cantilevered roofs to protect persons from 
the weather yet permit passers-by plenty of access 
on the sidewalk. 

First CTA bus passenger shelter with canti- 
levered roof Is visited by CTA Chairman 
Eugene M. Barnes (right) and his guests at 
corner of Adams street and Campbell avenue 
on Dec. 3. They are State Rep. Douglas 
Huff Jr., (D., 20th) in cap and white coat; 
Aid. Eugene Ray (27th) in black coat and 
hat; Chicago Sewer Commissioner Edward 
A. Quigley, behind Mr. Barnes; Lawrence 
Allen, deputy supt. of sewers, in white car 
coat and hat, and Mrs. Willie Jackson, rep- 
resentative of Midwest Terrace, senior 
citizens building, 150 S. Campbell, near 
the new shelter. 

Forty of the 225 shelters are 12 feet, 4 inches long. 
The remaining 185 shelters, including the 10 ex- 
perimental shelters, are 8 feet, 3 inches long. All 
225 shelters protect an area 5 feet, 8 inches deep and 
are 7 feet, 6 Inches in height. 

"We are especially pleased to get this project 
underway before the severe winter weather begins," 
said CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes. 

The 225 shelters cost a total of $309,500 and are 
funded by federal and state governments and the RTA. 

Crews of the Maintenance Department are con- 
structing the shelters on sites throughout the CTA's 
service area in Chicago and suburbs. 

The new shelters are similar iji design to the 200 
previously installed by the CTA. 

Suggestion Winners 

Dominick Lopiccola, driver at 69th Street garage, 
won $705 from the CTA Employee Suggestion Plan 
for recommending changing the relief point for drivers 
on the #52A South Kedzie bus route from 111th to 
103rd street. 

Another cash award winner was Nick Suero, car 
repairer at Congress, who received $30 for suggesting 
the use of a new brush holding tool for 2400 series 
car motor alternators. Lawrence Bemas, machinist. 
Central Counting, was given $10 for proposing the in- 
stallation of safety guards around the Central Count- 
ing grinder. 

Honorable Mention gift certificates were awarded 
to 10 other employees for submitting usable ideas 
about making work easier or safer at CTA. Included 
were: James Bell, bus servicer, 69th Street; John 
Gamer, bus repairer, Beverly; Michael Gray, bus 
and truck mechanic. South Shops; Daniel Joseph, 
driver. North Park; and Winmon Lewis Jr., painter. 
South Shops. 

Dominick Lopiccola (left), driver at 69th Street, receives a check for 
$705 from Gene Jendrach, Suggestion Plan analyst. 

Other Honorable Mention winners were: Betty 
Rice, ticket agent. West Section; Richard Stenzel, bus 
repairer. Forest Glen; Ralph Stephens, shopman, 
SkoMe Shop; Richard Wadington, bus repairer, Forest 
Glen; and Robert Wrobel, electrician. Plant Mainte- 

JANUARY, 1980 




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James Walker (Beverly garage) is a 
hero to Mrs. Phyllis Finney, of 
West 118th street. "One after- 
noon my 10-year-old son Corey 
ran away from the school where 
he is supposed to stay until I 
pick him up. He wasn't at home, 
either, so I called the police. 
While they were at my home, the 
telephone rang. It was Mr. Walker. 
He had my son with him, and he 
was unharmed. He had encoun- 
tered Corey at a bus stop on 
111th Street and saw that he 
was not boarding the bus, so he 
began to question him. When he 
found out that Corey had run 
away, he had him get on the bus 
and ride with him until he could 
get to a phone. I hate to think 
of what could have happened if 
it were not for a wonderful and 
kind man like Mr. Walker." 

Assunta Kaya (Forest Glen garage) 
was thanked for her help by 
Matilda Ippoliti, of North New- 
land avenue. "I have not taken 
the 91 Austin bus too often, so I 
had to ask the driver for assis- 
tance, and she was extremely 
helpful and courteous. Also, I 
noticed that she was considerate 
of all her passengers, especially 
older people. When questioned 
about the all-day Sunday transfer, 
she gave out information without 
ever interrupting her driving 
schedule. She gave everyone 
boarding the bus a cheerful smile, 
and her friendliness touched 

commendation corner 

Emma Watt (77ih Street garage) was the driver of 
a 3 King Drive bus that Elmer Beard took both down- 
town and back to his home on King drive the same 
evening. "The ride downtown was smooth, and the 
operator was a very businesslike yoimg lady who was 
an excellent driver. To my surprise, the same driver 
was going south at 8th street when I was ready to re- 
trace my steps. She was so skillful and careful I was 
deeply impressed and pleased. About midway on the 
trip, a police officer boarded the bus. His presence 
made me feel quite secure. As a senior citizen of 7Y 
years, personal safety is important to me. I arrived 
at my home in the same 45 minutes it took going down. 
I was delighted with the evening's transportation." 

Charles Robinson (North Park garage), the driver 
of a 151 Sheridan bus, was the subject of a letter from 
Jacqueline Jones, of North Lake Shore drive. "He is 
courteous, predictable (always at my comer at exactly 
the same time each day); always has a smile, a kind 
word; offers directions and assistance to people...! 
could go on and on. I will no longer be traveling this 
route in the morning and will really miss seeing this 
gentleman each day. He richly deserves commenda- 
tion. He does his job well above and beyond what can 
be expected." 

Ignacio Hernandez (Archer garage) was the driver 
of a 62 Archer bus that Dorothy Rohl and her family 
took from the Loop on their way home to South Tnim- 
bull avenue. "We just returned from a pleasant, re- 
laxing ride with operator #7014 from Kinzie street 
through the State Street Mall, and found it is a con- 
venient and pleasant way to see the new mall. He was 
courteous to all and operated the bus so smoothly, it 
really was a joy to ride with him to Kedzie. Our 
salute to him and all drivers like him." 


James Kolstad (Beverly garage) was appreciated by 
Mr. and Mrs. John Crescent Sr., of South Washtenaw 
avenue, for his courtesy on a 49A South Western bus. 
"We have not ridden buses or trains for several years, 
and it was a refreshing experience to be greeted by 
your driver. This man called out the cross streets, 
which I am sure the older riders appreciated — 
especially those with poor eyesight, as they didn't 
have to strain to see the signs. This man operated in 
a most professional manner, and I am certain your 
ridership would increase if others were as courteous 
and pleasant as he was." 


Irma Saucedo (Archer garage) was the driver of a 
94 South California bus that George Tomisek, of South 
Homan avenue, was afraid he had already missed 
early one evening at 19th street, "I got to the comer 
a few seconds late, and she started to go, but when 
she saw me she stopped, and I sure did appreciate it, 
I was coming from St, Anthony Hospital, and after 
dark I'm afraid to stand on that particular comer. It 
takes a fine lady like her to protect us elderly men. 
(I am 71.) I don't know the lady, but I do think she is 
a wonderful person, and very courteous." 

Thomas Southern (69th Street garage) and Kench 
Borum (77th Street garage) are drivers of buses that 
Catherine Rajca takes regularly from her home on 
South Wood street to school at 73rd and Oak Park 
avenue, "I get the first driver on Garfield. He is al- 
ways so polite and has a smile every day. He also 
has a kind word for everybody when they leave the 
bus at Archer and Cicero, I get the second driver at 
73ixl street, and when he sees a bus coming on Cicero, 
he waits for us because he loiows there is a half-hour 
wait for the next bus. He also smiles and has a kind 
word for everyone," 



Among other operating employes receiving 
commendations recently were: 

Carlos Alonso, Limits; McBride Anderson, 
69th Street; and David Arreguin, North Parle. 

Pedro Balderas, Arnold Beler, and Bobby 
Brown, all of North Park; Bruce Berkowitz. 
Forest Glen; and Booker Bolton, North Avenue. 

Jean Cage and Leroy Carr, both of North 
Park; Gail Calloway, North Avenue; John 
Cameron, Ashland Terminal; Glen Carpenter, 
69th Street; Edith Carr, Anthony Ceriale, and 
Floyd Cooley, all of Forest Glen; and Wayne 
Cousins, Lawndale. 

Bruno Diaz, Limits; James Dolan, Howard 
Terminal; Frederick Douglas. North Park; and 
George Duszynski, Forest Glen. 

Vincent Ecter and Eva Edwards, both of 
77th Street; and James Estes, Forest Glen. 

Carmelo Gonzalez and Jesus Gonzalez Jr., 
both of North Park; Wallacene Good, Forest 

Glen; James Gregory, 77th Street; and fidgar 
Griffin Jr., North Avenue. 

William Head, Forest Glen; and William 
Henderson Jr., North Park. 

Arthur Jackson, John James, and Willie Jett, 
all of 77th Street; Zeke Jagst and Willie James, 
both of North Park; and Robert Johnson, 

Edward Kaminski, Archer; and Chester 
Konopacki, Limits. 

Ricardo Leiva, Forest Glen; John Lemond 
and Jorge Lopera, both of North Park; and 
Paul Lewis, North Avenue. 

John Mack Jr., Lawndale; Joseph Mackin, 
Adolph Marth, and Angel Martinez, all of North 
Park; Eleanore Madrecki and Flora McCIure, 
both of Forest Glen; Lamont Maxwell, Archer; 
Daniel McGee, North Section; Gysbertus 
Mheenbeek, Howard Terminal; Willie Moore 
and Robert Mumbower, both of North Avenue; 

and Nelson Mounia, Limits. 

Vito Napoli, Forest Glen; and Victoria 
Nesbit, North Park. 

OIlie Oliver, 77th Street. 

Angel Perez and Robert Pritchard, both of 
North Avenue. 

Johnnie Readus, 52nd Street; Jose Rivera, 
Jose Rodriguez, and Angel Roman, all of Forest 
Glen; and Pablo Rosario, Limits. 

Joseph Sanhamel, Mary Schmidtke, Glenn 
Steude, and Daniel Stronach, all of North Park; 
Donald Sheller and Edna Stiffend, both of 
Forest Glen ; and Leia Steele, Lawndale. 

Reuben Thomas, Lawndale; Robert Thomas, 
North Park; and George Thompson and William 
Thompson, both of Archer. 

Leroy Vaughn. 77th Street. 

eleven Wardlow, Limits; Gary Williams, 
North Park; and Howard Wilson, Forest Glen. 

John Zupko, Howard Terminal. 


The Transportation Department has ap- 
pointed two new assistant superintendents. 
Assigned to the same sections in which they 
previously served as management profes- 
sional interns are Horace Brooks, Person- 
nel, Far South, and William Mooney, Sup- 
port Services. 

In Materials Management-Stores, James 
Riley Jr. has been promoted from order 
control clerk to unit supervisor. Inventory 
OperationSo Anthony Ambut, former driver. 
North Avenue, is now training coordinator, 
Human Resources-Training/Development 
Programs, Sergio Rodriguez, former 
analyst, Labor Relations, has been selected 
senior financial analyst, Financial Services. 
Also in Financial Services, Daniel Reel, 

former travel information representative. 
Management Services, has been appointed 
data entry operator. 

Five former bus repairers. Vehicle 
Maintenance, have been chosen relief fore- 
men in the same departments In their new 
positions, Daniel Costley, formerly of 
Forest Glen, and Leodls Royster, formerly 
of 77th Street, both move to North Avenue; 
Lotuiie Austin, previously at North Avenue, 
moves to Archer; Daniel Gleich remains at 
77th Street; and Dennis Cook stays at North 

Recently assigned as bus drivers to 
Forest Glen are Kevin Majors, former 
laborer. Vehicle Maintenance, South Shops, 
and Wilson James HI, former conductor. 
North Section; and to 77th Street, Wavie 
Murphy, former ticket agent. South Section. 
Within South Section, Oliver Baylor has 

been reassigned from conductor to work 
train conductor. 

In Operations Planning, Ronald Peel has 
moved from traffic checker to traffic clerk. 
Now serving as traffic checkers in the same 
department are former drivers Eddie Tin- 
sley (69th Street) and Eleson Murphy (77th 
Street), and former motorman Dorris Wil- 
son (South Section). 

At Skokie Shop, Giuseppi Geraci has 
been reassigned from laborer to shop 
tractor operator. Anthony Finney, former 
driver. Archer, is now substation attendant. 
Plant Maintenance, Maureen D;piaher, 
former clerk/stenographer. Engineering, 
has been selected stenographer, Grant 
Programming. Anne Bandur, utility clerk, 
has moved from Claims Management to 
Administration and Development within 
Claims/Real Estate/Sales. 

Seven new M/P Interns appointed 

Seven employes have been appointed as 
Management/Professional Intern Trainees 
by Chicago Transit Authority Chairman 
Eugene Barnes. 

Bus Supervisors Linda Brooks, Rosalio 
Garcia, Rosalind Jones, Charlene McFad- 
den and Mike Sanchez; as well as Rapid 
Transit Supervisor Cynthia Florence and 
Line Instructor Mary Beth Cobleigh, be- 
gan their on-the-job training on December 

The Management/Professional Intern 
program consists of a deep and varied in- 
volvement in many divisions of the Trans- 
portation Department. 

The interns will spend the next year 
learning about, and working within the 
divisions of Personnel, the Control Center, 
Bus Instruction and Supervision, and also 
will serve as special assistants to the 
Transportation Manager. 

Part of their training also Includes a 
Management Education Training Seminar. 
After that, they will spend a few months In 
each division of the Transportation Depart- 

Next December when their one year in- 
ternship concludes, the interns wiU be The seven Management/Professionallnterns appointed by Chairman Barnes in December are: left to 
placed in the Transportation division in right, Linda Brooks, Rosalind Jones, MaryBeth Cobleigh, Charlene McFadden, and Cynthia Florence, 
which he or she performed best. Standing, left to right, Mike Sanchez and Rosalio Garcia. 

JANUARY, 1980 

From Bobtail to Big Bend 

School children 
learn about eta 

As the sight and sound of a giant steam locomotive 
filled the room, the eyes of the second graders grew 
wider and wider. Their eyes had been almost as wide 
a moment before, when a horsecar, complete with 
ringing bells, had appeared. 

This excitement is part of a program called "What 
is CTA ?". Its purpose is to acquaint elementary school 
children with Chicago's transportation system at an 
early age. The program is sponsored by the Public 
Affairs department, and is available in both Spanish 
and English. 

"What is CTA?" explains, through slides, tape 
recorded sounds, and live commentary, that CTA is 
buses, trains, and most importantly, people. The 
children are shown a brief history of Chicago trans- 
portation including the bobtail horsecar of 1859, the 
trolleys and streetcars, and the Big Bend buses and 
rapid transit trains of today. 

The commentator, through pictures, explains the 
exact fare system, the difference between the ele- 
vated and the subway, and the roles of motorpersons, 
operators and maintenance workers. The youngsters 
are shown pictures of a bus being shampooed, and the 
commentator answers any questions that the children 
might have from previous trips taken on CTA with 
parents or teachers. 

To ensure audience participation, a "name that 
bus sovuid" game is played. The soimds of coins 
dropping Into the farebox, windshield wipers, doors 
closing and directional turn signals are played, and 
the children are asked to identify them. Some of the 
guesses can only be attributed to the imagination of an 
eight-year-old, but with a little concentration all of 
the sounds are eventually identified. 

The bad habits of graffiti writing and littering are 
not mentioned. The children are encouraged to keep 
trains and buses clean by holding on to paper wrap- 
pings, and are advised never to remove the cap of a 
pen while the vehicle is moving. 

Since everyone takes the CTA sooner or later, the 
concept behind the presentation is to encourage chil- 


dren to begin taMng CTA earlier, but with more safety 
and greater awareness. "What is CTA?" illustrates 
the best ways to use the system. 

Using children of CTA employes as models, the 
slides demonstrate the best ways to sit and stand on 
buses and trains, where to safely stand on an "L" 
platform and at bus stops. 

Showing that the CTA can be taken to fun places, 
the program includes pictures of animals at the zoo, 
the circus, museum exhibits and the Culture Bus. 
Each child is given a poster to take home, and all are 
urged to discuss the program with their parents. 

"What is CTA?" is geared primarily toward first 
through fifth graders. Cam Render, writer/co- 
ordinator of the program, hopes to have a middle 
grade program ready by next fall. 

The program has been enthusiastically received by 
both students and teachers. More than 120 schools 
have been visited so far by Mrs. Render and two as- 
sociates, Elda Leal and Steve Hastalis, both of Public 
Affairs. Several schools have requested the program 
to return. More information on the program is avail- 
able from the CTA Public Affairs department. 

what is eta? 

for travel information call 836-7000 

Above: To help create a lasting good impres- 
sion of the CTA, each youngster receives a 
"what is eta?" poster. The poster was design- 
ed by Ervin Harris, an artist in the Training/ 
Development programs section. Human Re- 
sources department. 

Far left: During the slide show. Cam Render, 
writer/coordinator of the program, asks 
one of the children to identify some of the 
interesting places that can be visited by 
riding CTA. 

Left: Steve Hastalis (right) operates the 
tape recorder as the youngsters listen intent- 
ly during the "name that bus sound" game. 

JANUARY, 1980 

Retiree brings joy 
to hospital patients 

When Walter Chrusciel retired from his 35-year job as a 
CTA bus operator in 1976, he found that gardening, travel, 
visits to his children, and becoming active in several Senior 
Citizens clubs just wasn't enough to keep him occupied. At 
his wife Helen's urging, he joined her in volunteer work at 
Oak Forest Hospital. 

Every Wednesday the Chrusciels arrive at the hospital at 
8 a.m. Mrs. Chrusciel is a shopper for bedridden patients. 
A volunteer since 1974, she wheels a large cart throughout 
the hospital, seOing candy, soda, cigarettes, toiletries and 
other items from the hospital's commissary. 

Mr. Chrusciel volunteers in the woodshop, which is part 
of Oak Forest's activity therapy program. He and the patients 
work together to create salad bowls, bird houses, doll cradles 
and book racks. Mr. Chrusciel works with each patient 
individually, since each one has a different project, varying 
according to their ability. 

The patients keep their finished products. Many give them 
as gifts to friends and family, or sell them at the Patient's 
Activity Bazaar in November. Proceeds from this bazaar go 
towards the financing of patient's field trips. 

The Chrusciels don't just work on 
Wednesdays. They also escort patients 
on field trips. In the past year they 
have gone to ball games, bowling, 
museums, shopping centers, and even 
took a group of patients to the Papal 
Mass in Grant Park. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Chrusciel speak Polish, and were able 
to interpret the Pope's native tongue 
for the patients. 

Every Christmas the Chrusciels dress 
up and play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, 
distributing gifts and holiday snacks to 
the 1200 Oak Forest patients. Natural- 
ly, Mr. and Mrs. Claus were received 
with hugs, smiles and Christmas cheer 
by all the patients. 

"We made them happy, and they let 
us know it," said Mrs. Chmsciel. 

The Chrusciels reside in Oak Forest, 
not far from the hospital. They have 
five children and 10 grandchildren. 
Mr. Chrusciel began working for the 
CTA in 1942. Many of the Oak Forest 
patients reminisce with him about the 
old streetcar routes. His last assign- 
ment before retirement was Beverly 

Top: Walter and Helen Chrusciel dress up as 
Mr. and Mrs. Claus to distribute gifts and 
holiday cheer throughout Oak Forest Hospital. 

(Pholo courtesy Oak Forest Hospital) 

Center: Helen Chrusciel offers an assortment 
of candy to patient Edward Cassell. 

Bottom: Walter Chrusciel shows patient John 
Gierut how to build a wooden car with wheels. 



Lori Romito - O'Connor, wife of Tim 
O'Connor, lineman, Plant Maintenance, West 
Section, and daughterin-law of John O'Connor, 
director. Passenger Controls/Graphics, has per- 
formed in the Ruth Page production of 
Tschaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at Arie Crown 
Theatre for the past six years. She appeared as 
one of the maids and also performed in the 
"Snowflake" and "Marzipan Shepherdess" 

Lori began her ballet studies at age 5. After 
years of training, she became a member of the 
Milwaukee Ballet Company performing in 
various productions, and she has appeared on 
television. She executed dance in its modern 
form with the musical group "Styx" in a 
Canadian tour, and she has made numerous 
appearances in and around the Chicago area, 
embracing all forms of dance including classical 
ballet, jazz, and disco. Currently Lori teaches 
dance classes in the western suburbs. 

(Photo courtesy Chicago Tribune) 

Pioneers elect 
officers, announce 
1980 program 

Maynard "Pinky" Moran (Control Center 
'73) has been elected president of the CTA 
Pioneers, an organization of CTA re- 

Moran heads the organization he helped 
to found five years ago and now numbers 
about 600 members. The CTA Pioneers 
meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on the second 
Tuesday of each month in the Golden Flame 
restaurant, Higgins road and Nagle avenue. 

"While the monthly meetings are for 
retirees and their guests, we have four 
ladies' day luncheon and dancing programs 
planned this year," Moran said. 

"These will be a Valentine's day party 
on February 12; Mother's day party on 
May 13; back to school party on September 
9, and a Christmas party on December 9. 
The parties feature door prizes for the 
ladies," he said. 

Other officers elected for 1980 are 
George May (Limits '71) 1st vice presi- 
dent; Myles Harrington (Kedzie '73) 2nd 
vice president; Walter Steinbeiss (North 
Park '74) secretary, and Melvin Homing 
(North Park '77) treasurer. 

Nine members were elected board mem- 
bers. They are Frank Laske (North Park 
'72), Carl Larsen (Control Center '72), 
William Pinasco (Forest Glen '75), Ralph 
Kugelard (Transportation '73), Clarence 
Lind (Limits '71), Everett England (Skokie 
Shop '72), Warren SchoU (Local 241 '79), 
Raymond Reighard (Transportation '73), 
and Russell Wamstedt (Suggestion Com- 
mittee '75). 

Peter Collucci (Limits '76), Frank Tur- 
pin (Forest Glen '70) and Raymond Koc- 
moud (77th '77) were elected seargents at 
arms. George Nash (Control Center '79) 
was elected entertainment chairman. 

Pioneer meetings are open to all CTA 
retirees. Dues are $1 per year. Lunch- 
eons cost approximately $4 per person. 

Charles L. Moore holds the plaque 
he received from Mayor Byrne after 
being chosen first runner-up in the 
Mayor's Neighborhood Garden Con- 
test for the seven-ward area sur- 
rounding his home. 

Honored in gardening contest 

"Urbs in Horto" — city in a garden — is 
the motto that appears on Chicago's city 
seal, but it takes people apd hard work to 
give the motto meaning. One of those who 
works to make the garden bloom every year 
is Charles L. Moore, night yard foreman at 
Jefferson Park. 

Moore can transform an ordinary back- 
yard into an orderly oasis of shrubs and 
flowers blended to bring out the best in any 
property. In recognition of his gardening 
achievements at home, Moore recently re- 
ceived a plaque from Mayor Byrne as first 
runner-up in his community in the Mayor's 
Neighborhood Garden Contest. 

For Moore, the award should have come 
as no surprise. He has been gardening for 
more than 20 years, and once took a three- 
month course in landscaping at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois in Champaign. He also 
has been a licensed landscaper, working 
with architects and others to plan the 
beautification of commercial as well as 
residential property. 

While Moore won the mayor's award for 
what he did in his own yard, his efforts by 
no means stop at his garden gate. He has 
also helped neighbors in the 8100 block of 
Wabash avenue enhance their own lawns 
and gardens with tips on good landscaping 

Moore's prize-winning technique in- 
cludes the use of evergreens for ornamen- 
tation in front of his home. Alongside a 
fence in the back are shrubs, which he 
keeps well pruned to provide accent for 
the rest of the garden. Among the flowers 
he grows in carefully arranged displays 
are petunias, begonias, geraniums, peonies, 
marigolds and mums. 

For Moore, landscaping and creating 
beauty outdoors using nature's own tools 
provide a pastime that anyone who sees 
the results can enjoy. By sharing his ex- 
pertise with his nei^bors, he not only 
helps them beautify their own yards and 
gardens, but enhances everyone's property 
and ensures stability in the commimity. 

JANUARY, 1980 

safety awards 

"It seems to me I've heard that scsig before" could 
have been the theme song for the Vehicle Maintenance 
Department's Zero Accident Program Safety Award 
contest for the third quarter of 1979. In the competi- 
tion among rail vehicle terminals, 61st Street came 
out on top, just as in the first quarter of the year. 
Howard was second, having been a winner in the pre- 

vious quarter. 

Among bus garages, 52nd Street took first place 
hcmors for the second quarter in a row, having had a 
perfect accident-free record during the previous 
three-month period. Still trying hard, but coming in 
second, was 69th Street, which was first in both of the 
two earlier quarters. 

At South Shops, the winner was Mechanical Area, 
which also won in the first quarter. Only Vehicle 
Overhaul, at SkoMe Shop, was a first-time award 
winner during the third quarter of 1979. 

Surrounded by his award-winning crew, Chuck Kubal (center), day 
foreman, holds the first place ZAP award that 52nd Street took for 

both the second and third quarters of 1979. 

Night crew members at 69th Street celebrating their award are (left 
to right): Louis Green and Michael Jagielski, bus repairers; Glen 
Brunson, night foreman; Odell Morris Jr., bus servicer; Ted Nickel, 
clerk; and Edmund Smolinski and Henry O'Neill, bus servicers. 

At 61st Street shop, the satisfaction of being a winner is reflected in 
the faces of (left to right): John Shanahan, car repairer; Ronald Ben- 
shish, safety specialist. Safety; Leon Fields, foreman; Thaddeus Gutt, 
car servicer; and Johnnie Henderson, assistant foreman. 



The men who made it all happen share the limelight at ceremonies terminal shops. Howard came in first in the previous quarter, 

marking Howard's winning of the second place ZAP award among rail 

James Forrestal (left), unit supervisor. Mechanical Area, happily accepts 
the safety award his area won in competition with other units at 
South Shops from George Haenisch, supervisor, Bus Shops. 

At Skokie, Matt Coyle (right), supervisor. Rail Vehicle Shops, presents 
third quarter safety award plaque to Paul Venticinque, unit supervisor, 
representing Vehicle Overhaul. 

JANUARY, 1980 



JOINING THE ranks of the retired on 
Jan. 1 were WALTER OQUIST (left), and 
THEODORE PIETRUS who had 40 or more 
years of service with CTA and its predecessor 


North Park, Emp. 8-15-42 

Transportation, Emp. 4-5-46 
AEMAND BARATTA, Valuation Acct., 

Property Accounting, Emp. 7-1-40 
WALTON BELL, Motorman, 

South Section, Emp. 2-14-46 
JOHN BOLL, Painter Helper, 

South Shops, Emp. 10-22-52 
EDWARD CECH, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1-28-46 

South Shops, Emp. 5-1-46 
WAYMOND COBB, Mobile Equip. Oper., 

Materials Management, Emp. 11-1-56 

Beverly, Emp. 10-3-47 
LOGAN COLLINS, Money Handler I, 

Central Counting, Emp. 8-10-48 

North Avenue, Emp. 3-24-42 

South Shops, Emp. 10-1-41 
JOSEPH CZAJA, Electrical Worker A, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 12-10-45 
DANIEL DALY, Bus Repairer, 

77th Street, Emp. 2-11-49 
GEORGE DAUBS, Superintendent, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-1-53 
MARGARET DORGAN, Keypunch Oper., 

Datacenter, Emp. 3-1-44 
DAVID DURDEN, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 11-13-51 

77th Street, Empo 10-4-51 
FRED EGGER, Machinist, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 10-8-51 
HARRY FILIP, Conductor, 

West Section, Emp. 9-30-43 

Forest Glen, Emp. 2-21-49 

West Section, Emp. 7-15-61 
JOHN HALLAHAN, Area Superintendent, 

Far North, Emp. 1-29-46 

77th Street, Emp. 10-18-45 
WILLL.\M HARVEY, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 7-6-51 

WILLIAM HASS, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 5-4-67 
JOHN HENNELLY, Garage Foreman, 

North Park, Emp. 12-8-47 
JOHN HORTON, Supervisor, 

Central District, Emp. 6-27-46 

Archer, Emp. 9-8-47 

52nd Street, Emp. 8-22-47 
VERNON HOWE, Paint Shop Foreman, 

South Shops, Emp. 4-29-40 
WILLIAM HOWE, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 8-21-47 

52nd Street, Emp. 6-24-46 

77th Street, Emp. 6-10-48 
RALPH KEMPE, Foreman, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 11-5-47 
LOUIS KINCANON, Schedule Maker, 

Schedules, Emp. 5-18-42 
JOSEPH KMIEC, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 3-8-44 

69th Street, Emp. 5-16-46 

Maintenance, Emp. 1-12-42 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 12-10-46 

Archer, Emp. 5-13-42 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-8-45 
ALDEN LAWSON, Claims/Law Coord., 

Law, Emp. 4-19-50 

Sales/Risk Management, Emp. 8-27-47 

South Shops, Emp. 3-18-41 
GERDA MATHEWS, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 1-5-63 
JOSEPH McCRAY, M&S Technician, 

South Shops, Emp. 9-30-47 

52nd Street, Emp. 8-22-49 

69th Street, Emp. 11-13-47 
WALTER OQUIST, Sr. Transit Technician, 

Transportation, Emp. 10-28-35 

South Shops, Emp. 6-18-46 
RAYMOND PAUS, Bus & Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Emp. 7-14-48 

North Section, Emp. 7-1-42 
WALTER PETERS, Bo.x Puller, 

North Park, Emp. 3-10-43 

North .Avenue, Emp. 5-21-46 

North Section, Emp. 6-9-47 

Sales/Risk Management, Emp. 6-2-41 

North Park, Emp. 8-12-48 
THEODORE PIETRUS, Unit Supervisor, 

South Shops, Emp. 4-17-39 
ALEX PLODZIN, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 4-17-51 
STANLEY RAVEN, Electrical Worker A, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 8-11-41 


North Avenue, Emp. 10-6-48 
JOHN ROGERS, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 10-25-56 
ROBERT ROESING, Supervisor, 

West Shops, Emp. 1-22-36 
NORBERT ROLNICKI, Substation Chief 

Operator, West Shops, Emp„ 7-12-37 
JOSEPH SARNECKI, Bus & Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Emp. 8-27-47 

Limits, Emp. 9-8-41 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 10-11-48 

Archer, Emp. 10-24-52 
ROBERT SMITH, Bus & Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Emp. 3-4-47 
RAYMOND SPATZEK, Bus & Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Empo 11-20-61 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-26-41 
STEN STROBL.AD, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 5-31-45 
DORIS SULLIVAN, Blind Case Clerk I, 

Sales/Risk Management, Emp. 4-19-55 

North Avenue, Emp. 4-21-43 

North Park, Emp. 8-20-56 
CASIMER TUREK, Elec. Wrkr. Leader A, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 12-4-42 
NORM.'VN VON KAENEL, Conductor, 

West Section, Emp. 10-19-42 

North Park, Emp. 5-22-46 

Forest Glen, Emp. 7-5-45 

North Section, Emp. 9-16-47 

Lawndale, Emp. 7-22-46 
DAVID WOODS, Bus Supervisor, 

Beverly, Emp. 9-8-47 

Chauf., Transportation, Emp. 12-14-50 
WALTER ZURAWSKI, Resident Instructor, 

77th Street, Emp. 6-5-46 

We're sorry. . . 

In the August, 1979, issue of Transit 
Newsj we inadvertently omitted the 
name of the following retiree: 

West Section, Emp. 12-22-47 


Volume 33 

Number 1 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA. 
Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 
Department: BUI Baxa, Acting Manager; Staff. Mel 
Alexander, Christine Borcic, Kathy Byrne, Jack 
Sowchin, Jeff Stern. Produced by the Adminis- 
trative Services Unit under the direction of Charles 
T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
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ESTHER ANDERSON, 70, Accounting, 

Emp. 6-1-26, Died 11-23-79 

Emp. 9-20-28, Died 11-3-79 
PLATO BIBBS, 70, District A, 

Emp. 10-21-43, Died 11-15-79 
WALTER BIRKER, 80, Limits, 

Emp. 3-11-26, Died 11-13-79 
GEORGE BONKOWSKI, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-20-46, Died 11-4-79 
STANLEY BUGAY, 85, North Section, 

Emp. 6-26-19, Died 11-22-79 

Emp. 10-15-29, Died 11-15-79 
EDWARD CORRIGAN, 77, West Section, 

Emp. 3-2-46, Died 11-9-79 
SAMUEL ERASE, 86, Maintenance, 

Emp. 5-16-30, Died 10-27-79 

ANDREW J. FLOOD, 78, Engineering, 

Emp, 2-16-19, Died 11-30-79 
JAMES GEORGE, 67, West Section, 

Emp, 5-20-41, Died 11-29-79 
FRED HEIDECKE, 85, West Section, 

Emp. 5-3-15, Died 11-28-79 
PATRICK HESTER, 89, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-14-22, Died 11-23-79 

Structures, Emp. 4-11-20, Died 11-17-79 
JOHN JANKOWSKI, 70, Claims, 

Emp. 8-26-26, Died 11-21-79 
JAMES T. KELLEHER, 77, Lake Street, 

Emp, 2-8-44, Died 11-2-79 
WILLIAM KELLY, 52, North Avenue, 

Emp, 10-5-47, Died 12-9-79 
FREDERICK KNOERR, 83, Electrical, 

Emp, 1-2-45, Died 11-13-79 
LEON MALY, 66, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 12-16-47, Died 9-10-79 

ALFRED MEDNUS, 64, Archer, 

Emp. 5-12-48, Died 11-8-79 
PETER MICELI, 79, Engineering, 

Emp. 11-13-30, Died 11-8-79 
JOHN MOENICH, 96, atokie Shop, 

Emp, 2-24-36, Died 11-27-79 
FANNY RHODA, 85, North Section, 

Emp. 9-11-47, Died 11-9-79 
LYDIA RUCK, 82, West Section, 

Emp, 9-19-44, Died 11-1-79 
TONY RUDES, 86, Archer, 

Emp, 11-8-13, Died 11-2-79 
TOMMIE VINSON, 46, 69th Street, 

Emp, 8-10-64, Died 11-1-79 
SYLVESTER WALSH, 73, North Section, 

Emp, 6-29-39, Died 11-23-79 
JOHN WERSIC, 90, Lawndale, 

Emp. 6-22-23, Died 4-11-79 
ADAM WIELGOSZ, 66, Limits, 

Emp. 1-25-45, Died 11-20-79 

in January 


W. T. Henderson 


35 years 

V. J. Hartney, South Section 
L. C. McGee Jr., 52nd Street 
J. P. McGrail, Skokie Shop 
J. J. Rossi, Maintenance 

25 years 

F. J. Black, Adm. Services 

E. P. Blicharz, IVIethods & Standards 
E. C. Carter, North Avenue 
M. F. O'Connor, South Shops 

G. J. Weathers, Near South Area 

30 years 

W. L. Eldridge, South Shops 

M. J. Fahey, Foster Shops 

E. A. Levandowski, Central Counting 

C. A. Mathews, Rail North 

J. W. Richardson, South Section 

R. Suta, Far North Area 

R. H. Welter, Howard/Kimball 

D. Williams, South Section 
T. H. Williams Jr., 77th Street 
F. H. Zimmerman, Rail North 

Mary Ann Allison, training manager. Avis Renta-Car Division, David 
Rosanova, manager, RTA Consumer Services, Bernard Ford, general 
manager, RTA, Roger Wood, manager. Management Services, Jess Barker, 
instructor. Travel information Center, and Dennis Nazak, training specialist, 
RTA, stand behind nine Travel Information representatives who partici- 

pated in the two-day communications skills seminar held December 13-14 
at the RTA Training Center. Displaying certificates recognizing their 
achievements are (left to right, front): Brendan Gregg, Valerie Barker, 
David Bourne, Odean Alexander, Irene Pastinsky, Doreen Horn, Mario 
Tricoci, Michael Johnson and Catherine Haymaker. 

JANUARY, 1980 


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; 2 i9.qo 

ten years ago 

CTA celebrated the completion of one 
of its largest modernization and ex- 
pansion programs (left) as a new 2200 
series rapid transit train broke through 
the barrier at Logan Square, opening 
the Kennedy rapid transit route on 
Feb. 1, 1970. 

On Sept. 28, 1969, (below) the first 
phase was completed at the opening 
of the Dan Ryan rapid transit route 
at the 95th street terminal. 

During the last ten years over 150 
million rides have been taken on the 
Kennedy route, and the Dan Ryan 
route has provided over 310 million 



Raleigh Mathis appointed 
manager of Security 

CTA Chairman Eugene M, Barnes announced the 
appointment, on January 21, of Commander Raleigh 
Mathis of the Chicago Police Department as Manager 
of the CTA' s Securiiy Department. The appointment 
is effective February 1. 

"When I became the CTA Chairman, my personal 
commitment to the people of Chicago and the people 
throughout the CTA service area was to improve the 
security for our riders and employees," said Barnes. 
"This appointment is evidence of that commitment. 

"We at the CTA consider ourselves fortunate to 
have a man with such outstanding abilities and leader- 
ship qualities to head our security effort," added 

Barnes said that the first responsibility he is 
giving Commander Mathis is to "evaluate and then 
restructure the CTA's security program." 

Commander Mathis will continue CTA efforts to 
improve liaison efforts with law enforcement agencies 
in the area to develop a coordinated transit security 

"To stress how important the security of CTA 
riders and employees is to me and the Authority," 
added Barnes, "Commander Mathis and the Security 
Department will report directly to my office." 

Commander Mathis has been a member of the 
Chicago Police Department since 1959. Prior to this, 
he was a police officer with the Chicago Park District 
for five years, 

Duiing his career with the Police Department, he 
served as a Sergeant and Lieutenant in the Patrol 
Division, Commanding Officer of Area No. 1 Youth 
Division, and District Commander of the 3rd Police 

In AprU, 1978, Commander Mathis was promoted 
to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Commimity Ser- 
vices. In this capacity, he was responsible for co- 
ordinating and directing the Bureau's activities and 
resources to provide police-community services, and 
to recommend procedures to cultivate a workable re- 
lationship between the Department and the community^ 

Chairman Barnes said that he was "especially 
happy with the community Involvement experience" of 
Mathis. "As the public has been learning since I took 
over the Chairmanship of the CTA, I am interested in 
heading the Authority in a direction of becoming more 
responsive to the needs of our riders and the com- 
mimities we serve; Commander Mathis shows this 
same type of orientation," Barnes commented. 

Commander Mathis' present assignment with the 
Police Department is Commander and Chief Inspector 
of the Inspection Division, 

He has been the recipient of many awards and 
honors. He received five Honorable Mentions for In- 
vestigative Excellence from the Police Department 
and received the Superintendent's Special Commenda- 

tion for Outstanding Achievement for 1977. 

In June, 1978, the Mayor and City Council pro- 
claimed "Ralei^ Mathis Day in Chicago." And in 
July, 1978, the Illinois State Senate passed a resolution 
citing Mathis for his "Achievements, Excellence and 
Superior Performance." 

Commander Mathis lives in the South Shore com- 

Chairman Barnes also referred to the decision to 
set aside $43 million in Interstate Transfer Funds for 
rapid transit security as additional evidence of CTA's 
top management concern for protecting riders. 

With these capital monies, the following improve- 
ments will be made at CTA rapid transit stations: 
closed-circuit television surveillance; improved light- 
ing; two-way radio commimication; alarm bars; tele- 
phones on all platforms with "911" emergency dialing, 
and integration of all alarms (fire, intrusion, and 

Such improvements in security on the CTA are 
nothing new to CTA Chairman Barnes, During his 
five terms in the State Legislature as a Representative 
of the 29th District from Chicago, he served as Chair- 
man of a special Subcommittee of the House Committee 
on Transportation which investigated and made rec- 
ommendations concerning the problems of crime on 
public mass transportation systems throughout Illi- 
nois, but with particular emphasis on the situation 
in Chicago, 


Francis J. Mullen 

Margaret Conway 

Charles Marble 

Claims department realigned, promotions announced 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes announced a 
major realignment in the CTA organization, effective 
January 21, by transferring the Claims Department 
from the Finance Division to the Law Department and 
naming a new head of the Department. 

The former secretary of the CTA Board, Francis 
J, Mullen, an attorney and a 31-year employe of the 
CTA and its predecessor, the Chicago Motor Coach 
Company, was named director of the Claims Depart- 
ment reporting to the CTA General Attorney. 

In making the organizational change. Chairman 
Barnes stated: 'We recognize our responsibility to 
deal effectively and equitably with those people who 
have just claims against the CTA. As with all of the 
organizational changes taking place at the CTA, we 
have one goal in mind and that is more efficient ser- 
vice to the publico" 

Chairman Barnes also announced two other ap- 
pointments in the Claims Department. Charles Marble 
was named superintendent of Claims Administration 
and Miss Margaret Conway was named supervisor of 
the Subrogation (Insurance Claims) Section. 

Mullen, a graduate of Loyola University School of 
Law, joined the former Chicago Motor Coach Com- 
pany in 1949 as assistant claims manager. During 
his career, he has held positions in the CTA's Law 
and Claims Departments. 

Mullen lives tn the Sauganash commimity. 

Marble, first hired as a bus driver by the CTA in 
1958, has worked as station clerk and accident clerk 
in the Transportaticai Department. He formerly was 
supervisor of Claims Management. 

Marble is a resident of the Auburn Gresham 

Miss Conway has been an employe of the CTA since 
1958 and has worked in the Claims Department since 
1968. Her last position was that of claims analyst. 

Miss Conway lives in the Jefferson Park area. 

John Donohue (right), physical security specialist. Security, received 
a U.S. Department of Transportation citation from Thomas Boyle, 
manager, Safety, at a recent Chicago Transit Board meeting honoring 
him for his participation since 1977 in annual programs of the Trans- 
portation Department's Transportation Safety Institute held in 
Oklahoma City. 

Robert F. Creson, institute director, wrote CTA Chairman Eugene 
Barnes that Donohue's courses on "Facilities Protection" are "well 
received by the students (from throughout the U.S.) who identify his 
efforts as a major highlight of the 5-day course. He has an acute 
awareness in the specific area of equipment and procedures for the 
protection of physical facilities." 


Plaster artwork 
an off-time hobby 

It's fun, creative, and rewarding, and you can do it 
in your own home. This is what Beverly bus drivers 
Charley Lane and X. L. Reed discovered about making 
and painting plaster figures for decoration. 

Both had been looking for something to do in their 
spare time, and had seen and admired samples of the 
art they chose to develop. 

Today they make a variety of plaster objects for 
their own enjoyment as well as to give or sell to rela- 
tives or friends. Their workshop and "gallery" is in 
Reed's basement on South LaSalle street in Roseland, 
just over a mile from Lane' s home on Winston avenue. 

There they meet on their days off to mix plaster, 
pour the mixture into molds, remove figures already 
hardened from the molds, and paint them to create 
truly finished products. 

Having started making their figures in earnest just 
a year ago. Lane and Reed have now completed more 
than 100 objects, and are constantly refining their 
artwork and looking for new variations and art forms. 
They sent away to Mississippi for their first set of 
molds, which now include zodiac signs, large decora- 

tive spoons, heads of an Asian man and woman, a bull 
and matador, owls, falcons, floral displays and re- 
ligious themes. 

The two drivers find it helpful to work together. 
When it's time to pour the plaster mixture into a 
mold, it takes one person to hold the mold and the 
other to pour and fasten the mold securely. When the 
plaster hardens, they take turns brushing on the initial 
coats of base paint and then carefully applying the 
final decorative touches with acrylic latex. 

One innovative idea the two developed in working 
with the molds was to Insert straightened paper clips 
into the wet plaster in such a way that they could be 
used as built-in hangers once the completed figures 
were ready for display. They also learned to place 
triangular portions of real hangers into the large 
figures of matadors and bulls to provide a stronger 
framework and keep the edges from breaking offo 

Lane and Reed are currently experimenting with 
the production of an unusual form of picture frame in 
which they set a photograph or picture directly onto a 
flat wood surface before sealing it on permanently 
with acrylic shellac. 

As their enthusiasm grows with the completion of 
each new object or the sale of another figure, the two 
drivers can reflect on their good fortune in finding a 


Opposite page; 

Beverly bus drivers- Charley Lane (left) and 
X. L. Reed display some of the 100 plaster 
figures they have made since they started 
their hobby a year ago. Samples of their work 
on display in Lane's church, in friends' homes, 
and at a local business have attracted neighbor- 
hood interest in their work. 

Right above: 

At work in his basement, Reed uses a deter- 
gent box to hold a small mold in place as he 
pours in the plaster mixture. The larger 
molds require Lane's help at this stage of the 
operation. The latex mold of a dog (fore- 
ground) stands in front of a support used to 
hold it in place. 

Above : 

On the "production line," Lane brushes on 
a base coat of paint to prime a plaster figure 
of a dog for the more artistic final paint 
scheme that will be applied later. 


Lane and Reed use acrylic paints to put the 
final decorative touches on figures that will 
be added to their stock of plaster objects 
available for sale. 

rewarding hobby, and being able to join forces to make 
a success of it. 

"It sure keeps me from wastii^ time," said Reedo 
"Fd certainly rather be doing something useful like 
this than just sitting around watching TV, We know 
we've got something going when we get calls from 
people who have seen our figures in church or in a 
business place that displays them for us." 

"We started this as a hobby — just to do something," 
adds Lane. "I really enjoy it. It helps me relax. 
We're thinking about teaching our youngsters and 
others in the neighborhood how to do something con- 
structive like this next summer, when they've got 

time on their hands. We'd like to show tiiem it can 
pay to be creative." 

Lane's sons — Charles, 16, and Rodney, 15 — have 
already shown interest in their father's hobby. Reed's 
children — Connie, 11, and Dexter, 7 — are still in the 
observing stage, but they, too, are beginning to see 
that plaster figures can serve as inexpensive gifts for 
friends and family at Christmas and other occasions. 

Any time they want to learn more about figure- 
maldng, they know they can get plenty of paternal 
guidance right in the basement of Reed's home, where 
the two Mississippi-bom CTA veterans can be found 
working on their hobby on almost any day off. 


Frederick Moore (North Park 
garage) was praised by Evelyn 
Zagon, of Estes Avenue, who 
"had the good fortune of being a 
passenger on his #151 Sheridan 
bus from downtown to Foster 
Avenue. He was most courteous, 
and, when asked a question, always 
answered and gave information in 
a most polite way. He called out 
all the streets, mentioning well 
ahead of time those he had been 
asked to stop at by riders. He 
was polite, helpful, and most 
conscientious of every passen- 
ger's welfare. I am a 'young' 
old person, 77 years of age, and 
can say it really made a pleasant 
day riding in his bus." 

Rex Runnels (West Section) was 
commended by C. V. MacLellan, 
of Cicero, who said, "Ever since 
I can remember, I have ridden 
the Douglas Park 'L' to and from 
work in the Loop. Now I am 
retired. Today I heard the most 
beautiful and distinct voice sing 
out, "We are approaching Western 
Avenue,' and, after leaving the 
station, 'Next stop will be Cali- 
fornia.' The conductor did this 
all the way from Washington to 
54th Avenue. He takes pride 
in his work. He is a professional. 
I thanked him for an enjoyable 
ride, and when I asked him for 
his name and badge number, 
his modest answer was, 'I am 
here to serve you.' How re- 
freshing! Again thanks for a 
lovely trip." 

commendation corner 

Chester Filipek (Forest Glen garage) retired at the 
end of 1979, but he will not be forgotten by Sharon 
Pirzyk, of Elmwood Park, who was a regular rider on 
his #80 Irving Park bus. "He is cheerful, informative, 
and thoughtful of the needs of the public. I never once 
encountered a driver who took such an interest in his 
passengers. Many students and adults alike he knows 
by their first names. He taught student drivers to 
'Be nice to these people. They're my preferred cus- 
tomers.' Most importantly, in five years his bus has 
not varied my time of arrival at work by more than 
five minutes, even in the worst weather and despite 
construction problems on the street." 

Mary Schmidtke (North Park garage) "was ex- 
tremely courteous, conscientious, and considerate," 
according to Robert Breitzer, of Belmont avenue, a 
rider on her #151 Sheridan bus. "She annoimced stops, 
asked those standing on the steps to move up or out, 
and checks for passengers between the doors before 
pulling away. She allowed a man with a crutch ample 
time to get off the bus. This operator starts up, 
turns, and stops so smoothly that the bus feels like an 
interurban vehicle. She probably saves fuel, tooo" 

Rudolph Roberts (52nd Street garage) is the driver 
of a #1 Drexel/Hyde Park bus that Carrie Young, of 
South Lake Shore drive, has been "privileged to ride 
with on frequent occasions. He is soft-spoken, re- 
spectful, considerate and dependable. This driver is 
never in too much of a hurry to wait for people rushing 
to catch the bus. He shows particular consideration 
to the older and handicapped people. It is refreshing 
to see someone who genuinely cares about people who 
need to be cared about." 


Otto Houston (North Park garage) was congratulated 
for doing a good job by Midge Ramsey, of Hartford, 
Connecticut. "As a first-time visitor to Chicago, I 
had the opportunity to ride with this driver on a #11 

Lincoln bus. He was helpful, witty, informative, 
pleasant, and probably one of the best public relations 
representatives your company could have. Certainly 
he represents you well with strangers in the city, 
making a bus trip memorable — definitely a positive 
experience. I was Impressed by his polish and con- 
cern for those of us in his care." 

Leon Washington (77th Street garage) was admired 
by Helen Lange, of South Elizabeth street, who was a 
rider on his 79th Street bus. "He greeted each per- 
son witli a cheerful 'Good morning!' He told each 
alighting passenger to watch his or her step, and 
wished each a good day. This driver also called out 
all stops, even the larger companies along the way. 
He seemed to enjoy his job, and the good feeling was 
contagious. It made a bright spot in the day for this 


Nathaniel Lee Jr. (South Section), conductor on a 
Lake/Dan Ryan train, was complimented by Maiy 
Gillespie, of Oak Park. "In the evening, after a hard 
day of work, it is very imexpected to hear someone so 
nice. At some stops, he tells us the time and tem- 
perature. At others he wishes all a good evening. If 
It is raining, he reminds people to take their umbrel- 
las. In this day when most people are not even polite. 
It is refreshing to hear someone so courteous." 

Willie James (North Park garage) was appreciated 
by Mabel Nannen, of Schiller Park, for his handling of 
a #151 Sheridan bus. "Not being familiar with tlie 
route, I asked if he went down Michigan avenue. He 
said, 'Yes, ma'am, I certainly do. Watch your step 
and come aboard.' Throughout my ride from Addison 
to Superior streets, this great driver called every stop 
and cautioned every rider to be careful getting on or 
off the bus. He answered everyone's questions with 
complete and polite answers, pulled up to the curbs 
at each stop, and never once slammed on the brakes." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating em- 
ployes receiving commendations 
recently were: 

Earl Alleyne, Ashland Termi- 

Sandra Bailey and James Ball, 
both of 69th Street; Pedro Bal- 
deras and Jimmy Boyd, both of 
North Park; Steve Bell, Archer; 
Danny Bishop and Jackie Brecken- 
ridge, both of 77th Street; Everett 
Brown, Forest Glen; and John 
Brugess, Limits. 

Sam Caccitolo, Philip Campa- 
nella, and Edith Carr, all of For- 
est Glen; Jean Cage, North Park; 
John Cameron, Ashland Terminal; 
Nathaniel Campbell Jr., North 
Avenue; Juan Cintron, Felicia 
Clower, and Gregory Groom, all of 
Limits; and Raul Cisneros and 
Stephen Conway, both of Archer. 

Roosevelt Davis, Lawndale; 
Bruno Diaz, Limits; Allen Dixon, 
North Avenue; and Robert Dluger, 
North Park. 

Michael Fant, North Avenue; 
Benjamin Farfan, Hugo Fernandez, 
and Angel Flores, all of Forest 
Glen; and James Farr and Claude 
Punches, both of 69th Street. 

Gabriele Gerbasi and Odell 
Grai^er, both of Forest Glen; and 
C. Griffin, 77th Street. 

John Harris, Archer; John Har- 
ris and Charlie Hill, both of Lawn- 
dale; Hyman Harrison, Forest 
Glen; Sand alio Hechavarria and 
James Howland, both of North 
Park; Clamie Herman, 77th Street; 
and Thomas Houston, 69th Street. 

John Isaac, Lawndale. 

Willie James, North Park; Mary 
Jerry, 77th Street; Henry Johnson, 
69th Street; William Johnson and 
Woodrow Johnson, both of Limits; 
and David Jones, North Avenue„ 

James Kolstad, Beverly. 

James Larry, 52nd Street; Jo- 
seph Lazzara, Archer; and Jose 
Leiva, Forest Glen. 

Aurelio Mariduena, Kenneth 
Martin, Sherman Martin, Na Im 
Muhammad, and Anthony MuUozzi, 
all of North Avenue; Daniel Mar- 
tin, Jerry Miller, and Seymour 
Motin, all of Forest Glen; and 
Robert Martinez and Frederick 
Moore, both of North Park. 

William O'Brien, Beverly. 

William Pappas and Phillip 
Perricone, both of Forest Glen; 

Juan Perez, Limits; and Michael 
Powell, Howard/Kimball Termi- 

Henry Radom, Forest Glen; 
Vema Reed and Oliver Robertson, 
both of Limits; John Richardson, 
North Avenue; Robert Richardson, 
North Park; Juan Rodriguez, Rail 
System; and John Ross, 77th Street. 

Joseph Salvato, Michael Schley- 
er, Joseph Snead Jr., and Joe 
Spears, all of Forest Glen; Manuel 
Samaniego, Wilfred Spotwell, and 
Frank Star Jr., all of North Park; 
Arthur Springer, Beverly; and Vy- 
tautas Stukelis, Archer. 

Michael Tanasco, Howard/ 
Kimball Terminal ; Robert Thomas ; 
North Park; William Thompson, 
Archer; Johnny Trice, Limits; and 
Alex Tschlniak and Jerry Turner, 
both of North Avenue. 

Arturo Valdez, North Park. 

eleven Wardlow, Limits; Wil- 
liam White, Forest Glen; Ethel 
Williams, 77th Street; and Gary 
Williams, North Park. 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest 
Glen; and Charles Yoimg, Forest 
Park Terminal, 


Four former management/ 
professional interns. Transporta- 
tion, have been promoted to as- 
sistant superintendents within the 
same department. In their new 
positions, Mario McManus and 
David Schaefer remain assigned to 
Near North Area, Personnel; 
James Zepp stays in Rail Service; 
and Norman Herron moves within 
Sv5)port Services to the Training 

Also in Transportation, Wil- 
liam Moore, former bus instructor. 
Training Center, has become m/p 
intern. Control Center, while An- 
drew Borders, former bus ser- 
vice supervisor, District C, has 
been selected m/p intern. Far 
South Area. 

Robert Hasemann, former ga- 
rage foreman. Limits, has been 
chosen unit supervisor. Intern, 
Automotive Vehicle Maintenance. 

Mohammed Khan, former plan- 
ning analyst, Transportation-Sup- 
port Services, is now system 
safety engineer. Safety. James 
Kinahan, former bus repairer. 
North Park, has been named tech- 
nical research analyst. Human 
Resources -Training/Development 
Programs, Theodore Manuel, 
former traffic checker. Opera- 
tions Planning, has become per- 
sonnel analyst. Human Resources- 
Job Classification. 

In Plant Maintenance, Johnnie 
Fuller has been promoted from 
janitor to janitor foreman. Ap- 
pointed escalator servicemen in 
the same section are George 
O'Neill and Walter Brozek, both 
former electrical workers, and 
Robert Wrobel, former electri- 

cian, all from within Plant Mainte- 
nance; and Fred Newman, former 
electrical worker. South Shops. 

New in Plant Maintenance as 
substation attendants are former 
bus servicers Elliott Norman (77th 
Street) and Joseph Marazzo (North 
Park). Now serving as laborer. 
Plant Maintenance, is Jimmie 
Mathis, former driver, 77th Street. 

In other job reassignments, 
Kevin Reilly has moved from com- 
bination clerk to senior combina- 
tion clerk. Vehicle Maintenance; 
Ruthie Poole, former ticket agent. 
North Section, has become payables 
utility clerk, Financial Services; 
Ramon Gonzalez, former driver. 
Forest Glen, has been selected 
clerk. Transportation; and Joseph 
Ramirez, former conductor. North 
Section, has been named electrical 
worker apprentice, SkoMe Shop. 


Rescue on 
the third rail 

Motonnan Leonard Stewart and 
Conductor Ambrus Crumby were 
on their final southbound trip at 
about 10 p.m., Monday, January 
28th, when Stewart noticed a bun- 
dle of clothes lying on the north- 
bound track, just west of the Hal- 
sted street station. As Stewart 
pulled into the station, he realized 
that the bimdle was actually a 
person lying on the third rail. 

Stewart alerted Crumby, and 
they jumped off the train and ran 
over to the victim. His arm and 
leg were draped over the third 
rail and burning. Crumby used the ncm-conductive 
wooden handle of a sleet scraper to pry the victim's 
arm off the rail while Stewart grabbed the man's 
trouser cuff and rubber shoe heel. Together, they 
lifted the man clear of the 600 volt rail. 

The victim, later identified as Phillip Warren, was 
still alive, but unconscious. Stewart returned to the 
train and called the Control Center. He alerted Rail 
Controller Frenchie Ellis to the incident. Crumby 
remained with the victim and flagged down a north- 
bound train. 

In the Control Center, Assistant Superintendent 
Joe Daquilante coordinated the emergency effort. 
Power Controller Donnie Gardner cut power to the 

Leonard Stewart 

Ambrus Crumby 

area. Rail Controller OUie Winston backed up Ellis. 
The police and fire departments were called, and 
paramedics quickly arrived at the scene. 

Nineteen and one-half minutes later, Stewart and 
Crumby resumed their final trip. Neither of them 
realized how heroic their act had been until they ar- 
rived back at the 95th street terminal and had time to 
think about it. Both had risked their lives to save a 
stranger. Their bravery and concern was, according 
to Stewart, "simply doing what we knew we should," 

Twenty-year old Phillip Warren is alive today be- 
cause of two courageous men knowing how to go above 
and beyond the call of duty. 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes met with minority bankers in the 
Chicago area to discuss future plans for CTA's involvement with com- 
munity banks. Seated (left to right) are: Lonnie Radcliffe, assistant 
vice-president, independence Bank; Paul Kole, manager, CTA General 
Finance; Stanley W. Tate, senior vice-president. Highland Community 
Bank; Barnes; Fred Cyr, president, Washington National Bank; Ernest 
Collins, chairman of the board. Seaway National Bank; James T. 

Hadley, senior vice-president. Community Bank of Lawndale, and 
Samuel Miller, CTA Comptroller. Chicago Transit Authority staff in 
attendance, standing (left to right): Robert Kren, administrative assist- 
ant to the Chairman; Raymond Fleming, superintendent. Finance; 
Betty B. Edwards, community news representative; William H. Mansker, 
secretary, CTA Board, and Elda Leal, community news representative. 
(GTA photo by Eric Blakely) 


Flag of U.S.S. Chicago 
presented to Mayor 
by Donald Ryan 

January 30 is a date CTA electrician Donald M. 
Ryan will never forget — for two very different reasons. 

"I was a sliip's baker aboard the old U.S.S. Chicago, 
one of the heavy cruisers taking part in the Battle of 
Guadalcanal in World War II in the South Pacific. On 
January 30, 1943, Japanese torpedoes slanamed into 
the Chicago," Ryan recalled as if it were only yester- 
day, instead of 37 years ago. 

"I shinnled down some ropes from the listing deck 
of the sinking ship and hit the water along with 1,100 
other crew members. U.S. ships in the area quickly 
picked us up out of the sea as the Chicago slid to its 
watery grave." The sinking took the lives of 62 crew- 

On January 30, 1980, Ryan took part in a ceremony 
in Mayor Byrne' s City Hall office. There he had the 
honor of presenting the City of Chicago flag and the 
ship's emblem of another U.S.S. Chicago to the mayor. 

The flag and emblem belonged to the second U.S.So 
Chicago commissioned in 1945 which served as a 
guided missile cruiser. 

"When the navy decided to decommission the 
Chicago, I was invited to ride aboard its last trip 
from Hawaii to San Diego," Ryan said of his trip late 
last year. Ryan has served six years in the navy and 
23 years in the naval reserve. He is a 30-year em- 

Donald M. Ryan, CTA electrician and navy veteran, presents Chicago 
city flag and emblem of U.S.S. Chicago to Mayor Byrne in her City 
Hall office. (Photo courtesy Mayor's office) 

ploye of the CTA and is assigned to the West Shops. 

"On that last trip, Capt, Harold Lewis gave me the 
flag of Chicago and the ship's emblem. The U.S.S. 
Chicago is to be decommissioned in San Diego," said 

When he presented the Chicago flag and ship's em- 
blem to Mayor Byrne, Ryan said she expressed the 
hqjethat Chicago's flag would one day fly atop another 
ship named in honor of the city. 

Pioneer Officers 

Recently installed as officers of the 
CTA Pioneers Retirement Organiza- 
tion are, from left: Myles Harring- 
ton, 2nd vice president; George 
May, 1st vice president; Maynard 
"Pinky" Moran, president; Walter 
Steinbeiss, secretary, and Melvin 
Horning, treasurer. Pioneers have 
about 600 members. For more 
information telephone 763-6379. 


South Section R/T terminals celebrate retirements 

More than 200 persons attended 
the semi-annual CTAers South 
Side Pensioners party January 13 
in the Harris Y W C A, 6200 S. 
Drexel blvd. They honored four 

recent retirees Marvin Kissel and 
Larry Belin, both conductors, 61st; 
Walton Bell, motorman, 61st, and 
John Kaltsas, conductor, Engle- 
wood terminal. 

Active CTAers joined retirees 
in honoring the four new pension- 

(CTA photos by Eric Blakely) 

Retirees (from left) Marvin Kissel, conductor, 61st; John Kaltsas, conductor, Ashland; Larry Belin, 
conductor, 61st, and Walton Bell, motorman, 61st. 

Ardis Morris, acting superintendent. South 
Section, mas master of ceremonies. 

From left, Robert James, motorman, 95th, and Local 308 board mem- 
ber; Ardis Morris; Frank Wsol, far south area superintendent; David 
Martin, acting superintendent, near north area; James McLane, assistant 

superintendent, 61st Street terminal; Robert Desvignes, area superin- 
tendent. Training; Wilbert Spears, president. Local 308, and Clarence 
Knox, vice-president. Local 308. 



From left, Mitchell Thomas, instructor, rail, South Section; Ed Green, 
retired clerk, South Section, and Leonard Steward, motorman, 95th. 

Albert Rakestraw (right), clerk. South Section, and Pharaoh (mother- 
in-law) Cain, retired conductor, 61st. 

IVIr. and Mrs. James McLane and their young 4-year-old friend, Corban 

Ed Freeman, rail janitor, 61st Street, and Mrs. Charles Spears. Freeman 
was program chairman for the event. 

Charles Spears acted as disc-jockey, spinning all the latest tunes for 
their dancing pleasure. 


eta press box 

Hope springs eternal 
for Cubs and Sox 

by W. B. Wolfan 

The arrival of spring is normally associated with 
the first robin and the swallows returning to Capis- 

But for the dj'ed in the wool baseball fans, the 
opening of the exhibition season is the leading indi- 
cator that regular visits to Comiskey Park and Wrig- 
ley Field are not very far off. 

.\nd once again victory-hungry Cub and White Sox 
fans will be cheering loudly for their favorites with 
longing in their hearts for the pennant that somehow 
seems to elude Chicago year after year. 

The last time a flag waved from the center field 
pole in a Chicago ball park was in 1959 when the Go- 
Go White Sox won it all. It was a time when exuberant 
city officials sounded the city's air raid siren during 
a victory celebration, and had the people wondering 
whether the enemy was at our front door. 

Those Go-Go White Sox of "Little Looie" Aparicio 
and Nelson Fox, Billy Pierce and Early Wynn and 
Sherman Lollar, whose blazing speed on the bases was 
one of the seven wonders of the American league, 
thrilled this city to the very core. They were a good- 
field, no- hit club which won games by one run on a 
single, a walk, an infield out and a sacrifice fly, but 
they were the darlings of all Chicago just the same. 

For the Cubs, the pennant famine has lasted much 
longer — 35 years since 1945. 

But hope springs eternal at Addison and Clark and 
Ernie Banks says, "Wait until we get 'em this year." 
Thanks, Ernie, for that optimism. 

The Cubs fell in line with the "get rid of the man- 
ager" philosophy and let Herman Franks return to the 
comforts of Utah, replacing "Happy Herman" with the 
veteran baseball manager Preston Gomez. Many Cub 
fans preferred Whitey Herzog of the Royals, a very 
talented pilot who was also available, but Bob Kennedy 
selected Gomez as his man. 

The White Sox showed distinct improvement under 
manager Tony LaRussa, and he will be at the controls 
again for the South Siders. 

Bill Veeck says things will be better on the South 
Side. They should be, because Bill never sits still. 
However, there will be no more disco debacles in 
1980 after last year's wrecked ball park. 

The Cubs should field a pretty decent ball club, with 
big Dave Kingman' s bat and Bruce Sutter' s strong re- 
lief arm. 

Many people may have overlooked the fact the Cubs 
did play in the strongest division of the majors with 
the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates emerging 
from it as the champions of the baseball world. That 
division also includes Montreal, Philadelphia, and the 
St. Louis Cardinals. The Expos and Phillies were 

right there all last season, and there are some experts 
who believe that the Phillies and Pete Rose could have 
won it all if the team had not run into an unfortunate 
series of crippling injuries last season. They cer- 
tainly have the muscle. 

The Expos are one of the most improved teams in 
baseball. Look for them to cause trouble this year. 

The White Sox will laimch their home season at 
Comiskey Park against the American league cham- 
pions, the Baltimore Orioles, on April 10. 

The Cubs will battle the New York Mets on April 
17 at Wrigley Field in their home inaugural. 

The White Sox spring training preparations are held 
in Sarasota, Florida, and the Cubs spring camp is in 
Mesa, Arizona, a shift from Scottsdale. 

The Cubs report a record ticket sale for the opener 
and they have been selling them since early January. 

There is reason for optimism on Chicago's South 
Side this season. 

The Sox did pretty well under La Russa after he 
took over the reins from Don Kessinger late last year. 
The team played ,500 ball under him, winning 27 and 
losir^ 27 games. 

Sox officials are high on pitcher Bill Atkinson, a 
relief hurler who is expected to strengthen the mound 
staff considerably. Atkinson won seven and lost seven 
for the Montreal Expos before being acquired by the 
White Sox. 

There have been two coaching changes. Baseball 
great Orlando Cepeda has been signed as an organi- 
zation batting instructor, Cepeda will work with both 
the parent club and minor leagues. Art Kusnyer, a 
product of the Sox farm system, will assume duties as 
bullpen coach for the South Siders, 

Arrival of the Baltimore Orioles as the Sox's first 
home opponent is expected to generate a sellout crowd. 
A good start for the White Sox will help their at- 
tendance immeasurably. And it couldn't happen to a 
nicer guy than Bill Veeck and his many stockholders. 

Young Michael Green, the son of Tommie Green II, Maintenance, is 
shown practicing on the punching bag under the watchful eye of his 
boxing coach, Clarence Griffin, at the Windy City Gym. Michael had 
aspirations of participating in this year's Golden Gloves tournament, 
but, at age 12, he is too young to enter. Michael, an exceptional 
academic student at Sbarbaro school, doesn't plan to make boxing his 
career. His main goal is to achieve a degree in political science -and 
maybe become Mayor of Chicago. 




William Worcester 

William Worcester, director of 
schedules, Operations Planning, 
retired Feb. 1. He celebrated his 
retirement on Jan. 25 with a dinner 
at Marina Cily. 

Worcester's co-workers gave 
him luggage and plenty of film for 
all of the traveling he plans after 
38 years of service with the CTA. 

He began working in 1942 as a 
traffic checker in Operations 
Planning and worked his way up 
through that department. 

William Worcester holds up luggage that 
fellow employes gave him as an incentive 
to travel during his retirement. At left is 
Walter Thomas. 

(CTA photos by Eric Blakely) 

Worcester is joined by his happy family at 
his retirement party (left to right): his son 
and daughter. Bob and Gretchen Worcester; 
William Worcester and his wife LaVelle; his 
daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gary 
Kirkwood, and his son. Bill Worcester, Jr., 
who works in CTA Operations Planning. 

Michael Kristman 

Michael A. Kristman, 62, 
terminal vehicle repair foreman 
of the Harlem shops, retired on 
Jan. 1 after 38 years service 
with the CTA and the Chicago 
Rapid Transit Company, a prede- 
cessor company to the CTA. 

On Jan. 18 about 100 of Krist- 
man's fellow workers, friends, 
and relatives attended a retire- 
mentparty in his honor in Michael' s 
restaurant, 6218 W. Belmont av. 

George Krambles, CTA execu- 
tive director, presented Kristman 
with a bronze plaque given by his 
friends in the rail vehicle section. 
Among his other gifts was a hand- 
some gold pocket watch. 

Kristman and his wife, Ruth, 
plan to do some traveling. He also 
plans to do some fishing and catch 
up on his reading. 

Joining Kristman are (from left) his son and 
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. 
Kristman; his wife, Ruth; Kristman, his 
daughter, Anna Maria, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Michael Heil. Heil is a CTA retiree. Son 
Michael is a duplicator operator in Adminis- 
trative Services Department. Daughter 
Anna Maria is a clerk in the Law Department. 

(CTA photos by Bert Cadney) 

George Krambles, CTA executive director, 
presents Kristman with bronze plaque from 
Kristman's friends in the rail vehicle section 
of the Maintenance Department. 




Ralph Vernon 

Sergeant Ralph Vernon cele- 
brated his retirement after 32 
years with CTA at a retirement 
party held at Febo's restaurant on 
Jan. 25. 

After the eight-course family 
style meal, Vernon was 'mugged' 
by the Security Department, which 
presented him with a set of hand- 
made mugs engraved with his 
security badge and name. Vernon 
also received a commemorative 
baton, his retirement star with 
custom-made, monogrammed 
leather case, and two plaques hon- 
oring his service to the CTAo The 
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 
89, also presented him with gifts 
in recognition of his service. 

Vernon began as a bus driver 
in 1948 and joined the security 
force as a patrolman in 1959. He 
was promoted to detective in 1966 
and moved up to sergeant in 1975. 

He will spend his well-deserved 
free time hunting and fishing at 
his vacation home in Michigan. 

Wishing Sergeant Vernon a happy retirement 
were, (left to right): Sgt. Al Springle; Patrol- 
man Gary Presinak; Vernon; Sgt. George 
Evans and Patrolman Bill Morose. 

(CTA photos by Julius Brazil) 

Director of Security Edward Mitchell presents 
Sergeant Ralph Vernon with retirement 
baton. Chief of Security Billy Butler (right) 
kept a watchful eye on the proceeding. 

Eugene Sullivan 

Friends of Eugene Sullivan at- 
tended a Jan. 30 retirement party 
in his honor, marking the end of 
his 14-year career at the CTA 
Feb. 1. 

Sullivan, 65, was principal li- 
brary assistant and a staff member 
of the CTA' s central files located 
in Room 7-131. Central files 
keeps materials used by more than 
one CTA department. 

Joining Sullivan in the Engineer- 
ing Department's conference room 
were his wife, Emesta, his son, 
James, and his daughter, Florence. 

Thomas Wolgemuth, manager, 
Maintenance Department, repre- 
senting CTA management, termed 
Sullivan a "true gentleman and a 
true gentle man" and thanked him 
for his years of service. 

Friends of Sullivan gave him a 
leather flight bag for use on some 
of the trips he and his family have 

Sharing in Eugene Sullivan's retirement 
celebration are (left to right) his wife Ernesta, 
son James, and daughter Florence. 

(CTA photos by Juhus Brazil) 

Sullivan receives best wishes and congratula- 
tions from Joseph Benson, director. Library 





West Shops, Emp. 9-19-46 

South Shops, Emp. 8-14-47 

Lawndale, Emp. 5-29-41 
NORA KLEMCHUK, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 1-15-66 
JOSEPH LUBAWY, Claims Representative, 

Claims, Emp. 11-25-40 

Beverly, Emp. 10-25-54 
EDWIN ORACKI, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 1-11-46 
CHARLIE POPE, Motorman, 

Congress, Emp. 1-5-53 

Archer, Emp. 2-6-47 
THOMAS SKROKO, Carpenter, 

West Shops, Emp. 8-13-47 

West Section, Emp. 1-6-44 
EUGENE SULLIVAN, Library Assistant, 

Management Services, Emp. 3-1-66 

Forest Glen, Emp. 8-15-46 
RALPH VERNON, Security Officer, 

Security, Emp. 8-30-48 
ARTHUR VOSS, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 1-14-48 

Schedules, Emp. 4-6-42 
DAVID YOUNG, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 7-12-45 
JOHN ZDUNEK, Electrical Worker, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 3-31-50 


JOHN J. REDMOND, Shopman I, 
Skokie Shop, Emp. 6-27-46 

Jan. 1, 1980 Pensioners 

ROBERT McCarthy, conductor. 

Forest Park, Emp. 9-18-46 
FRED RIGGINS, Supervisor, 

District C, Emp. 3-22-48 
JAMES ROBERTS, Superintendent, 

Near North, Emp. 2-17-49 

Oct 1, 1979 Pensioner 

77th Street, Emp. 2-18-60 


Volume 33 

Number 2 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA. 
Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 
Department: Bill Baxa, Acting Manager; Staff, Mel 
Alexander, Christine Borcic, Kathy Byrne, Jack 
Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Produced by the Adminis- 
trative Services Unit under the direction of Charles 
T. Zanin, 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

ROSCOE BABBITT, 75, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 10-6-27, Died 12-24-79 
EDWARD BARTKUS, 60, South Shops, 

Emp. 6-4-47, Died 12-23-79 
ADAM BEDNARZ, 83, South Shops, 

Emp. 7-22-29, Died 12-30-79 
JAY BOBERG, 84, Lawndale, 

Emp. 5-19-21, Died 12-25-79 
HERBERT BOYD, 36, Stores, 

Emp. 12-20-65, Died 1-4-80 
EDWARD BRECHEL, 83, Electrical, 

Emp. 12-23-13, Died 12-7-79 
ROBERT BUCKLEY, 81, Stores, 

Emp. 6-21-16, Died 12-15-79 
MICHAEL CANNON, 78, North Section, 

Emp. 1-24-28, Died 12-14-79 
DOMENICO CAPONIGRI, 92, Shops & Equip. 

Emp. 5-11-21, Died 12-22-79 
EDDIE DAVIS, 70, Stores, 

Emp. 10-19-43, Died 12-27-79 
JOSEPH DECKER, 72, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 7-17-29, Died 12-31-79 
MARY DUNN, 89, South Section, 

Emp. 5-13-25, Died 12-24-79 
RAYMOND ESSIG, 77, Kedzie, 

Emp. 12-3-28, Died 12-2-79 
EMIL ESTVANK, 77, Engineering, 

Emp. 7-6-20, Died 11-20-79 
ELMER FREITAG, 75, North Avenue, 

Emp. 2-27-36, Died 12-29-79 

Emp« 1-12-37, Died 12-13-79 
DANIEL GRIFFIN, 83, Electrical, 

Emp. 10-23-34, Died 12-11-79 
LOUIS JOHNSON, 38, West Shops, 

Emp. 16-4-65, Died 1-17-80 

ANTONIO LIBERTO, 80, Maintenance, 

Emp. 6-30-43, Died 12-28-79 
JOSEPH LUKSO, 64, South Shops, 

Emp. 3-29-54, Died 12-1-79 
RAYMOND LUSTRO, 67, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 6-23-43, Died 12-24-79 

Emp. 11-21-46, Died 12-30-79 
FRANK MARTIN, 94, Armltage, 

Emp. 3-31-21, Died 12-9-79 
HELEN McMAHON, 77, West Section, 

Emp. 2-15-36, Died 12-4-79 
THOMAS McPARTLAN, 60, South Shops, 

Emp. 5-18-50, Died 12-31-79 
JOHN MICHNICK, 80, Electrical, 

Emp. 2-6-31, Died 12-14-79 
JACOB MROZ, 94, Armitage, 

Emp. 2-6-12, Died 12-12-79 
FRED NAPRAVNK, 81, West Section, 

Emp. 7-6-23, Died 12-15-79 
FELK O'HARE, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-3-29, Died 12-23-79 
.ROSE O'SULLIVAN, 88, West Section, 

Emp. 10-25-40, Died 5-1-79 
WALTER POLLARD, 31, Jefferson Park, 

Emp. 11-20-70, Died 1-17-80 
KARL RAAB, 83, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 10-5-20, Died 12-16-79 
EDWARD SCHNEIDER, 74, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-5-42, Died 12-11-79 
WILLIE SMITH, 40, Limits, 

Emp. 8-22-66, Died 12-8-79 
WILLIAM STRATTON, 70, South Section, 

Emp, 10-12-44, Died 12-7-79 
LEO TREFF, 73, Claim, 

Emp. 5-24-34, Died 12-13-79 

Emp. 6-24-16, Died 12-13-79 

in February 


R. M. Paolicchi 


35 years 

S. Pszczola, South Shops 

25 years 

J. C. Bell, Lawndale 

W. J. Coyle, Maintenance 

R. G. Daugherty, Materials Mgmt. 

I. Farmer, South Shops 

F. J. Halper, Electrical 

C. W. Jagel, Skokie Shop 

F. J. Kostrzewa Jr., Forest Glen 

D. F. Lochirco, Archer 
B. Longinott, Utility 

30 years 


Coyle, Skokie Shop 


W. Gavrys, Electrical 


J. Hartford, Archer 

J. Hartig, Archer 

H. Haynie, South Shops 

Hruby, Lawndale 

C. Kohler, Utility 

S. Laily, Racine Shop 


J. Madison, 52nd Street 


W. Murphy, Rail South 


Roche, South Shops 


G. Rogers, District A 


R. Smith, 69th Street 


J. Stepp Jr., Maintenance 


J. Wiercioch, Howard/Kimball 



Ride CTA to No. 1 

You can ride the CTA to the doorstep of Cubs and White Sox 
Parks, or to the Stadium to see the Bulls or Black Hawks, or to 
Soldier Field to see the Bears. But how often can you ride the 
CTA to see a No. 1 HOME team? 

The De Paul University Blue Demon Basketball team is ranked 
No. 1 in the nation. That's a brand new experience for most 
Chicagoans. The undefeated Blue Demons, led by veteran coach 
Ray Meyer, are easily expected to make it to the NCAA tourna- 
ment in March. The tourney will take place in Indianapolis. 
What really makes the Blue Demons special is that many of the 
players are native Chicagoans who turned down offers from 
schools like UCLA and LSU to stay at home and play in cold 

Chicago. Mark Agguire, De Paul's leading scorer is a prime 
example of a player who could have gone anywhere in the 
country, but chose De Paul. 

Many CTA employes have attended classes at either of the two 
De Paul campuses. The main campus, where the Alumni Gym- 
nasium is located, is on the North side at Belden and Sheffield. 
The downtown campus, home of the schools of Law and Com- 
merce, is located at Jackson and Wabash. 

To get to a Blue Demon game, take either the Howard or Ravens- 
wood "L" to Fullerton. Follow the crowd two blocks south 
to Belden and celebrate Chicago's winners! 

(CTA photo by Julius Brazil) 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago. Illinois 60654 

Address Cotrection Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 

EVANS TON, IL ' 60201 

George Krambles 


Above: Executive Director Krambles 
gives his monthly update at CTA 
Board meeting. 

Left: In 1936 as an apprentice on his 
first job with the Indiana Railroad, he 
qualified as a motorman of electric 
interurban trains. 

Below: In 1976 as CTA General Man- 
ager, he was at the controls to test 
Chicago's newest rapid transit cars. 

George Krambles, the CTA Executive Director who 
retires April 1, has become a legend in his own time 
as a renaissance man in transit, so proficient has he 
been in so many different things. 

By academic training, he is a professional engineer 
with a degree in railway electrical engineering — a 
degree which, unfortunately for the transit industry, 
is no longer offered at the University of Illinois where 
he was graduated with honors in 1936. 

His years of high performance have brought out 
many talents and have cast him in a variety of mean- 
ingful roles. an administrator, researcher and 
planner, innovator, writer, lecturer, expert in graphic 
arts, consultant and trouble shooter, project manager, 
world traveler, and specialist in operations and ser- 

Those who have worked closely with him also know 
him as an unwavering perfectionist who, although very 
demanding, was always fair and never asked anjd;hing 
of others he couldn't do himself. He always sought 
the very best for the CTA and its riders. 

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MARCH, 1980 

Above: Krambles, shown here emerging from a 
subway emergency exit at State street and Wacker 
drive, "could be expected to show up at any time 
and any place on the system." 

Right: "What in the world is this?" he asl<s Mary 
Boski, his administrative secretary. 

Krambles admits to having several idiosyncrasies, 
all for good reason and purpose. 

As an administrator, he insisted upon processing 
every matter as quickly as possible and then attaching 
"a string to it to make sure it got done," 

With equal fervor, he made a precise written rec- 
ord of every step taken in solving a problem and then 
made certain that such documentation was properly 
filed so that it could be retrieved at a moment's 

With the able assistance of his administrative 
secretary, Mary Boski, his office was so efficient 
that on more than one occasion it served as a proving 
ground for other CTA secretaries seeking higher 

His office clock was really only used to make cer- 
tain that appointments were kept on time. The rest of 
the CTA's general office in the Merchandise Mart 
closed at a customary 4:30 p.m. Krambles was al- 
ways at his desk imtil 6 p.m., or later, often on Satur- 
days as well as weekdays. 

Staff sessions in his office often went far beyond 
the normal quitting time, in which case Krambles 
usually assuaged any weariness by inviting partici- 
pants to join him for Greek chicken at a nearby spa 
where he always picked up the check. 

Shortly after Krambles was appointed, on Feb. 5, 
1976, as general manager (a title later changed to 
executive director), one of the first to learn about his 
Saturday working hours was Roy Colcord, a short, 
wiry electrician assigned by an outside contractor to 
the CTA floors. 

Liking to work Saturdays when he wouldn't bother 

anyone, Roy was busy on a special job of wiring the 
CTA Board room for a public address system with 
speakers in the ceiling. He had wiggled into a small 
space between the drop-ceiling and the regular ceiling 
when he heard a rustling below. 

Suspecting an office prowler, Roy yelled through a 
hole in the ceiling, "Who in the hell are you?" 

"The general manager!" came back the reply. 
"Who and where in the hell are you?" 

Like so many others at the CTA, Roy learned that 
Krambles could be expected to show up at any time 
and any place on the system. 

In recent years, he was apt to make his presence 
known electronically — by his car radio or walkie- 
talkie. His apartment in Oak Park overlooks the end 
of the Lake street "L" line, and there have been times 
he helped to clear up an operating problem simply by 
looking out his window and using his walkie-talkie. 

While he has also been expert in surface opera- 
tions, his true love has been electric railways, the 
elevated and subway system. Because of this, he has 
traveled widely, in this and other countries, to in- 
spect the systems, to serve as a consultant, and to 
learn about new technology. It has also been his hobby, 
and he holds the No, 1 membership card in the Central 
Electric Railfans' Association, of which he was a co- 
founder 41 years ago. 

Why and when he became obsessed with electric 
railways is uncertain. Others in his family had no 
such interest. He has always ridden the "L," and he 
thinks his first rides probably were when his parents 
took him on the south-side line which was near their 
home at 29th street and Caliunet avenue where he was 


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bom on March 11, 1915. 

After a brief move to "Greek town" in the Ravens- 
wood community, the family moved farther north to 
Rogers Park, near Rogers avenue and Sheridan road, 
close to the Howard elevated line, which then was 
also used by the North Shore interurban trains. 
Krambles remembers distinctly seeing, at the age of 
seven, the city's first all-steel elevated cars, con- 
spicuous by their green and orange paint. 

Half way through high school he decided to make 
electric railways his career. After two years at Crane 
Junior College, he had a choice between the Univer- 
sity of Illinois at Urbana and Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute at Troy, N.Y., the only schools offering an 
engineering specialty in electric railways. 

It was an easy decision. The U. of I. was closer 
to home, less expensive as a state university, and was 
well known as a recruiting groimd for engineering 
graduates by the Chicago Surface Lines and the Chi- 
cago Rapid Transit Company, the two private com- 
panies that later were to be acquired for the creation 
of the Chicago Transit Authority as a public agency. 

Upon graduation from the U. of I. in Jime of 1936, 
which was still in the depths of the depression, 
Krambles was unable to get a job in Chicago, but he 
was hired as an apprentice at $70 a month by the 
Indiana Railroad, operator of an electric interurban 
system serving county seats almost from one end of 
the Hoosier state to the other. 

From June to December of that year, working first 
in Indianapolis and then in Anderson, Krambles did a 
little bit of everything. He toted packages in the 
frei^t house, became a vinion member (on Oct. 1, 

Krambles, who always took time out to 
greet visitors, shows the new Control 
Center to Samuel Insull, Jr.. retired elec- 
tric railway executive whose father was 
prominent in the development of the 
electric utility industry. With Insull in 
their Jan., 1978, visit to CTA were 
William D. Middleton (left rear), a rail- 
road historian, and Norman Carlson (right 
rear) vice president and treasurer of the 
Central Electric Railfans' Association. 

1936) of the Amalgamated Association of Street, 
Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employes of 
America, worked as an electrical repairman on cars, 
and qualified to drive trains. 

So keen, however, was his desire to get back to 
Chicago that he turned down a raise of $30 a month, 
quit his job in Indiana, and sent a letter to Bemaird J. 
Fallon, the top official of the North Shore interurban 

Fallon's response, dated Feb, 1, 1937, seems par- 
ticularly significant because it shows how much in- 
terest transit executives of that era took in recruiting 
promising professional employes. 

That letter from Fallon read in part: 

"I am sorry to advise you that we have no opening 
on the interurban line at the present time, but I have 
talked about you with Mr. H. A. Johnson, General 
Manager of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company, over 
whose lines the interurbans operate, and I think if you 
will call on htm he may be able to find something that 
would be of interest to you in connection with this line." 

Krambles obviously wasted no time in following up, 
for two days after Fallon had sent the letter — on Feb. 
3, 1937 — Krambles, at age of not quite 22, began his 
Chicago transit career — as a "temporary employe" 
classified as a student engineer„ 

Actually, Krambles was hired by the Chicago Rapid 
Transit Company because of a crisis. Prophetically, 
it was not to be the only time Krambles was to help 
solve a crisis-oriented problem. 

There had been a serious accident with fatalities 
at the Granville station on the north elevated route. 
A heavy North Shore interurban train had rammed a 

MARCH, 1980 

In the power supervisor's office of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company in the Edison Building, 72 W. Adams St., in 1941. 

standing elevated train of wooden cars. The rear "L" 
car was sheared in half, part falling off the embank- 
ment right-of-way. 

The regulatory Illinois Commerce Commission is- 
sued an order for improving cars as a safely measure. 
Skokie Shop, which had been closed because of hard 
times, was reopened; and Krambles was among those 
assigned to design improvements. 

As the years have shown, that initial assignment 
was to set, in large measure, the pattern of Krambles' 
career. While he has carried out a great variety of 
assignments, much of his work has been related to 
improvements, in equipment, operations and service. 

In 1938, the city began construction of the State 
street subway; and engineers of the Rapid Transit 
Company were given important assignments for this 
first-of-its-kind project in Chicago. Among other 
things, Krambles helped with plans for the third-rail 
power distribution system. 

You can imagine his elation on Oct. 17, 1943, when 
he had the honor of turning on the power for the of- 
ficial start of State street subway operations. In- 
cidentally, Krambles was given the signal for the 
power by George DeMent, who then was with the city's 
Department of Subways and Superhighways and who 
later was to serve as CTA Chairman. 

Part of Krambles' work on the subway involved the 
preparation of technical documents, one of which dealt 
with "How To Splice Lead-Covered Cable and Rubber- 
Insulated Cable." Besides his ability to handle highly 
technical subjects, this document also pointed up 
Krambles' artistic flair that went well beyond the en- 
gineering requisite of being a draftsman. Illustrated 

with drawings, the text consisted of 2,000 words in 
hand lettering. Many times later, at the CTA, 
Krambles' talent in graphic arts was reflected in 
station signs, posters and other illustrated material. 

During his early years with the Rapid Transit Com- 
pany, one of his bosses was an especially hard task- 
master, Harrison D. Wilson, distribution engineer in 
the electrical department, whose exacting demands 
were to stand Krambles in good stead for almost 
everything that came afterwards. 

For budget purposes, costs of electrical work had 
to be analyzed and accurately computed in such terms 
as so much money per foot. Completing his first as- 
signment, Krambles submitted a brief memorandum 
that consisted of little more than the cost figure. 

"No!" exclaimed his boss, Wilson, tossing the 
memo back at Krambles, apparently in disbelief. 

"Why?" stammered Krambles. 

"You find out," shot back Wilson. 

The next day, Krambles returned, and again laid 
the short memo with the cost figure on Wilson's desk. 

"No!" shouted Wilsono 

"Yes !" retorted Krambles, who then laid down a 
second lengthy memorandum showing exactly how he 
had arrived at the answer. 

Tliat experience probably explains why Krambles 
has always been so careful to docvmient everything. It 
might well be a clue also to another Krambles idio- 
syncrasy. An iimer-office memorandum, he feels, 
should be short and to the point. If there is more 
to be explained, that can just as well be done in an 

In keeping with this preference for conciseness, 


Right: In the staff engineer's office on Dec. 11, 1953, 
Krambles, operations planning engineer, and Frank Misek, 
engineering assistant, examine an engineering drawing. 

Krambles has reduced, for biographical reference, his 
many years of varied experience, professional af- 
filiations and other activities to a single page. 

In reference to his degree from the University of 
Illinois, it is also noted that his baccalaureate thesis 
was entitled the "Development of the Interurban Car" 
and that he obtained additional credits in railway civil 
and railway mechanical engineering. 

His 43 years of experience in transit in Chicago 
are summed up as follows: 

— One year equipment engineering. 

— One year engineering cost accounting and analysis. 

— Six years power distribution, electrical control, 
station lighting, and drainage and ventilation system 

— One year power system dispatching. 

— Thirteen years operations planning, rapid transit 
service control, system design, construction, im- 
plementation and training, the integration of bus, 
streetcar and rapid transit systems, streetcar-to-bus 
conversion, equipment assignment planning, commu- 
nity relations, and commission and management 

— Four years transportation operations and real- 
time administration of bus and rapid transit service 
over 150 routes « 

— Two years federal demonstration project con- 
struction, operation, administration and preparation 
of reports (the Skokie Swift project). 

— Seven years ui charge of system planning and 
research as related to service. 

— Two years in charge of transportation and ve- 
hicle maintenance departments. 

— Two years General Operations Manager. 

— Four years General Manager and Executive 

During all those years, there was hardly anything 
of significance — particularly in the way of improve- 
ments — that didn't have the Krambles imprint. 

In the early 1950s, he was deeply involved in the 
revamping of the rapid transit system for greater ef- 
ficiency and for eliminating imnecessaiy duplication 
of service with surface operations. 

With no adverse effect on overall riding, the num- 
ber of stations was reduced from 240 to the present 
140 stations through the elimination of little-used lines 
such as Kenwood, Normal Park, Humboldt Park, 
Stockyards and Westchester and the outer end of the 
Douglas. The skip-stop pattern of A and B stations 
was instituted. 

As a result, the average speed of trains was in- 
creased considerably; and the reqmrement of rolling 
stock was reduced from 1,600 cars to the present fleet 
of 1,100. 

Another major CTA development was that of the 
all-electric rapid transit car with electrical braking, 
as an application of the former P.C.C. (Green Hornet) 
streetcar concept. Because of the electrical braking 
and no need to pump up air for brakes, the CTA has 
the only system for which cars can be started and 
pulled immediately out of the yards. 

Krambles also liad a hand In the CTA's big change 
of conveiilng surface operations from streetcars to 
motor buses, which took place over a 10-year period 
ending in 1958. In this change, 100 off-street bus 
terminals were created, with the CTA paying for the 

MARCH, 1980 

Above: ". . . and if I had had a broom, I would have swept up the place, too," he once 
told the CTA Board. Photo taken at Dempster terminal of Skokie Swift, 1964. 

Left: With new walkie-talkie, Krambles gives emergency orders from Control Center dur- 
ing winter crisis in January of 1979. At his side is James Blaa, manager. Transportation. 

land and other costs. This switch to all-bus operation 
also was accompanied by the construction of three 
new garages and other similar improvements. 

Over many years, Krambles has had a significant 
part in the development of a modem Operations Con- 
trol Center for both buses and trains. In the last 
several years, his zest for this project, involving 
mostly the creation of radio commmiications, was not 
unlike that of a boy over joyed with a new toy. 

If Krambles were to be asked to pinpoint the hap- 
piest moment of his career, the chances are he would 
recall the time when Walter J. McCarter, the long- 
time CTA General Manager, assigned him as project 
manager to create the Skokie Swift, the non-stop 
suburban shuttle service that was the nation's first 
federally funded demonstration (experimental) project 
in the rapid transit field. 

On April 18, 1964, Krambles was almost beside 
himself when he annoimced, "We're off on the world's 
fastest rapid transit ride," as a three-car train left 
the Howard terminal for the inaugural run over a five- 
mile stretch of former North Shore interurban right- 
of-way which the CTA had acquired for the new ser- 
vice to Dempster street, Skokie. 

With 26-year-old Bruce Anderson as the motorman, 
that inaugural train reached a speed of 70 miles an 
hour, completing the five miles in exactly 6 minutes, 
a half minute less than the running time scheduled for 
regular service which began two days later. (Earlier 
Ed Mitchell had driven the first test train.) 

So successful was Skokie Swift that two years later 
the federal government sxiggested that the CTA refimd 
some .$200,000 of a federal grant of ,$349,217 that had 

been contributed to the demonstration project, although 
the "feds" did not press the claim. 

Now, in these times of inflation and deflated dol- 
lars, it is hard to believe how little the Skokie Swift 
project cost. The federal grant of $349,217 represent- 
ed two-thirds of a net project cost of $523,825. The 
remainiQg $174,608 of the net cost was split, with the 
CTA paying $137,415 (26.2 percent) and the Village of 
Skokie $37,193 (7.1 per cent). Federal funds then 
could not be used for right-of-way acquisition, so the 
CTA, which had also needed half of the right-of-way 
for access to Skokie ShqD, paid all of a $1.7 million 
cost for the five miles of the abandoned North Shore 

The main objective of Skokie Swift, as a two-year 
demonstration project, was to determine if good, fast 
rapid transit trains could induce suburbanites to 
abandon their automobiles in favor of mass transpor- 
tation. Skokie Swift has been doing that very suc- 
cessfully ever since, carrying more than 7,000 riders 
a day. 

The success of Skokie Swift brought Krambles 
to the attention of editors and reporters who came to 
know him as an excellent and ready source of informa- 
tion on almost every phase of transito His answers to 
questions could also be very imaginative and at the 
same time very pragmatic. 

For instance, in a Chicago Tribune article dated 
June 17, 1970, he gave an especially graphic answer 
to a question of whether Chicago's Loop could exist 
without the CTA and the oilier public transportation 
carriers, all of which carry nearly 85 per cent of the 
people in and out of this downtown area. 


"We're off on the world's fastest rapid 
transit ride," announces Krambles at the 
start of the inaugural run, April 18, 
1964, of Skokie Swift. 

After the inaugural run of Skokie Swift. Front row, in uniform: Louis 
Mueller, John Bork, Patrick O'Malley, Merrill Anthony, Larry Jelinek, 
Edward Mitchell, Charles Banser, Bill Limanowski. Standing (left to 
right): James Lahey, Harold Eichaker, Thomas Stiglic, George Riley, 

"It would be an impossible situation," said 
Krambles, "unless you had billions of dollars and 
could tear down the Loop and start building again," 

Noting that automobiles on expressways carried an 
average of only 1.4 persons per trip, he explained 
that it would take 204,928 autos to carry the nearly 
287,000 Loop-bound persons then using the CTA. 

"To get those additional 204,928 autos downtown, 
you would first have to build 136 additional in-bound 
lanes of expressway, as compared with a present 30 
in-bound lanes of expressways," he said. 

"Then, to park those 204,928 autos there would have 
to be 61 million square feet of new parking space. 
That space is roughly equivalent to four times the 
ground area of the presently defined Loop, as boimded 
on the north and west by the river and on the south by 
Roosevelt road. 

"In other words, you would have to tear down all of 
the buildings in this Loop area, create four levels of 
parking over the whole area, and then build new build- 
ings on top of this mass of four-level parking. 

"But even if you were to do all that, it still wouldn't 
work," he concluded. "No one probably would be able 
to live because of the pollution." 

Krambles' knack for distinct expression has been 
shaipened by years of experience, both as a writer 
and lecturer. His biographical listing names 10 
vmiversities where he has participated in seminar 
lectures, but he has spoken also to many other audi- 
ences, both here and abroad. 

For illustrating talks and technical papers, he can 
draw upon his o\vn personal collections of thousands 
of slides and photographs. His Oak Park apartment 

Elmer Milz, John Zupko, Thomas Boyle, Marty Shannon, Leonard 
Wiksten, Edward Heatter, Glen Anderson, John Brucker, Thomas Lyons, 
Bruce Anderson, Les Reichard, Heinz Doering, Terry McGovern, Robert 
Benny, C. J. (Bud) Buck, George Krambles, Robert Winther. 

is crowded with file cabinets of reference material. 
At the end of every year he has his accumulation of 
subscription journals and periodicals bound in hard 
covers by a professional bookbinder. 

Secretaries in his office have had little use for 
their shorthand skills, for, instead of dictating, he 
has always written everything by hand, in a style 
similar to that of an old-fashioned school teacher. 

He has been a prolific writer since his early years 
in the staff engineer's office. Technical documents 
and reports on studies for in-house use have account- 
ed for much of his writing. Because of this ability, he 
also was given an extra job of editing reports and 
papers written by other staff members. 

For many years, he wrote with regular lead pencils. 
In editing, however, he formed a habit of using a red 
pencil for contrast. 

His editing with a red pencil could be so profuse 
that it would virtually obliterate the original text. A 
staff assistant who had just gotten back some heavily 
edited copy from Krambles was once heard mutter- 
ing to himself, "Holy cow, what a bloody mess this is!" 

About 10 years ago, his secretary, Mary BosM, 
who liked to remember such occasions with a small 
gift, gave Krambles a pen with red ink for his birth- 
day. From then on, red ink became an exclusive 
Krambles trademark. He used the red pen for every- 
thing, including his succinct notations and instructions 
on memos returned to his staff. 

Other CTA executives took up the practice by using 
colors such as green and brown, but Mary was the 
only other person to use red ink. She explained that 
she "got to be pretty good at imitating" Krambles' 

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Left: The CTA's historic rapid transit train 
(cars 4271 and 4272) was restored under 
Krambles' direction in 1974. The train is often 
used for chartered trips. 

Below: Krambles (center) and Paul KadowakI 
(right) superintendent. Bus Instruction, visit 
Keifuku station in Kyoto, Japan, in 1975. 

Bottom: Two international visitors, Andr^ 
Jacobs (second from left). Secretary General, 
Union Internationale des Transports Publics, 
and Roger Belin (third from left). Chairman 
of the Board, Regie Autonome des Transports 
Parisiens, are shown the Jefferson Park transit 
center by Krambles on Sept. 9, 1976. At 
left is Harold Geissenheimer, CTA General 
Operations Manager. 

hand and that by using red on notes to other offices 
she "never failed to get a quick response." 

It was a bit of irony that just as Krambles would 
get accustomed to a certain red-ink pen the manu- 
facturer would discontinue the model. After having 
been frustrated by three such experiences of dis- 
continued models, he ended up by simply using red- 
ink refills with felt tips as pens. 

By no means will retirement from the CTA mean 
inactivity for Krambles. He is a member of many 
professional organizations, and he is certain to re- 
main active with such organizations as the American 
Public Transit Association and the Union Ihtema- 
tionale des Transports Publics. 

Off and on over the years, he has carried out con- 
sulting and troubleshooting assignments for other 
transit and governmental agencies, in this and other 
countries. He is especially proud, for instance, of 
the help he once gave the Ministry of Transport of 
Israel in the planning of a rail system for Tel Aviv. 

He has now planned a busy schedule for himself 
as a freelance consultant. On his retirement date of 
April 1, he will be on his way in this endeavor — by 
plane to Buenos Aires. 

At the CTA, Krambles will leave behind many re- 
membrances. SkoMe Swift will be remembered as 
Krambles' project. Among many other things, he 
should not be forgotten for the fine example he set in 
dedication and loyalty to Chicago's transit system and 
its employes and riders. 

And he certainly will be remembered for his high 
performance, for his demonstration of how important 
professionalism is to a well-managed public trans- 
portation system. The Krambles hallmark of pro- 
fessionalism is there for all to follow. 

By Tom Buck 


Ernie Banks 
elected to 
Chicago Sports 
Hall of Fame 

CTA Board member Ernie Banks has been elected 
to Chicago's first sports Hall of Fame. 

Banks, who was elected to major league baseball's 
Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., on the very first 
ballot, attracted the largest number of votes cast by 
more than 55,000 Chicagoans who participated in the 

Banks received 36,503 votes to lead Dick Butkus 
of the Chicago Bears with 33,679 in the voting for 
those in pro sports. 

Other individuals honored were Gale Sayers, Lou 
Boudreau, Phil Cavarretta, George Halas, Bobby Hull, 
Red Grange, Abe Saperstein and Charles A. Comiskey. 

The amateurs honored were William "Iron Man" 
Mclnnis, Ralph Metcalfe, Chick Evans, John Kinsella 
and VVillye White. 

Sam Miller (2d from right) manager, financial services, was feted at a 
farewell party celebrating his retirement. Among the 65 persons 
attending the Feb. 7 party in the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza were Miller's 
wife, Fran, and his daughter and son in law, Marilyn and Bob Bizar. 
Miller's friends and co-workers gave him a Nikon camera as a farewell 
gift. Paul Kole, manager. General Finance, was master of ceremonies 
for the party. 

Chairman Eugene Barnes presented Tom and Mona Healy with an award 
in recognition of their three years of volunteer service in employe 
counseling programs. Healy is a clerk at North Park. His wife, Mona, is 
an alcoholism counselor with the Catholic Charities Organization. 

George Krambles Scholarship Fund 

Executive Director George Krambles is retiring at 
the end of March after contributing 43 years of ser- 
vice to Chicago's public transportation and the entire 
ransit industry. A scholarship fund is being estab- 
ished in his honor to help deserving college students 

prepare for a career in public transportation. Anyone 
wishing to donate to the scholarship fund may com- 
plete the form below and return it to the CTA. Do- 
nations are taxdeductible and receipts will be provided. 


I would like to donate $ . 
Mail receipt to: 


to the George Krambles scholarship fund.* 

Make checks payable to: 

Paul Kole, G.K. Scholarship Fund 

Chicago Transit Authority 

P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, I L 60654 

* Donations are tax deductible. 
Receipts will be provided. 

MARCH, 1980 

Ice fantasy 
by Aiello 

Guiseppe Aiello, the son of 
Salvatore Aiello, Maintenance, 
West Shops, recently displayed 26 
hand-carved ice sculptures at the 
Daley Center Plaza. The display 
was part of Winterfest. 

Aiello became interested in ice 
sculpture after working in a res- 
taurant. He perfected his technique 
at The Culinary Institute in Hyde 
Park, New York. 

He is an executive chef, con- 
centrating in international cuisine 
and classical baking. His sculpting 
is not limited to ice; he also makes 
carved butter sculpture and ban- 
quet displays with all types of 
food. Aiello has entered six ban- 
quet display contests and walked 
away with first prize three times. 

Aiello begins his sculpting with 
a large block of rectangular ice, 
and then uses a chisel and knife to 
create the statuary. His favorite 
subjects are animals. A large 
figure can take up to two hours to 
create, while a small sculpture 
takes 20 minutes. 

Perhaps part of Aiello' s talent 
is hereditary. His father, Sal- 
vatore (Sam), practices woodcarv- 
ing as a hobby. A native of Paler- 
mo, Italy, the senior Aiello has 

(Photo courtesy Mayor 's office) 

Salvatore Aiello admires his son's sculpture 
at the Daley Plaza display. The father and 
son sometimes woodcarve together. 

Guiseppe Aiello uses ice pick to carve detail 
into sculpture. 

(Photo courtesy Mayor's office) 

been with the CTA for 12 of the 13 
years he has been in the United 

When they get together, the 
Aiellos sometimes carve together. 
Salvatore creates dollhouses and 
ecology boxes. They also do auto 
repair work. Guiseppe is interest- 
ed in all aspects of the food in- 
dustry, and is currently Manager 
of Catering for the Chicago Arch- 
diocese Food Service. 

at W 

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Left: James Blaa (right), manager, Transporta- 
tion, welcomes (left to right) rail supervisor 
Bernard Townsend, bus operator Edith Carr, and 
motorman Eugene Palmer to 'A Day in CTA.' 

Left below: Observing bus controller Edward 
Reaux, as bus controller Derrick Robinson 
(standing) guides them during their tour of 
CTA's Control Center. 

Center: Observing rail controllers Thomas 
Hughes (left) and James Hightower. 

Right: Learning about power distribution 
from power supervisor William Rappold. 

(CTA photos by Mike Hoffert) 

Spending 'A Day in CTA' 

Employes and management share views to make CTA better for riders 

Two hundred employes of the Transportation and 
Maintenance departments have had an overview of the 
CTA that few employes of any organization or company 
ever get. And they told their bosses what they thought 
of the CTA. 

They were members of the program "A Day in 
CTA" and every CTA employe is eligible to partici- 
pate. Some of the 200 chosen employes were selected 
by their superintendents because they had outstanding 
work records or had performed heroic deeds. Three 
employes are chosen each month. 

James Blaa, manager. Transportation, developed 
the idea of "A Day in CTA" in 1976. At first the pro- 
gram was open to Transportation department per- 
sonnel. Later, Maintenance Department personnel 
were made eligible for the day-long program held in 
the CTA's Merchandise Mart headquarters. 

Blaa ejq)lalned his idea for "A Day in CTA" this 

way — "The CTA is a people-oriented organization and 
the Transportation department, by its active role of 
daily contact with the public, is directly connected to 
the metropolitan area we serve. 

"This program gives Transportation department 
directors and me the opportunity to talk with our 
supervisor-instructors, bus operators, motormen, 
conductors, and collectors on an individual basis. In 
discussing their day to day operations, we hear and 
can act upon their concerns and suggestions. Because 
of the large number of operating employes, one-to-one 
contact is seldom possible. 

"The program provides the participants with a 
better understanding of the various sections of their 
departments and how their functions interrelate. The 
participants become familiar with other CTA depart- 
ments and see how management responds to the poli- 
cies as set by the CTA Board." 

MARCH, 1980 

Left, above: Receiving welcome from CTA Chairman Eugen 
Barnes at board meeting. 

Left: Sharing work experiences with Harold Geissenheime 
(right), manager. General Operations. 

Top: John Schwartz, acting superintendent, RTA Travc 
Information Center, explains the work of Linda McElgir 
travel information representative. 

Above: Meeting Thomas Boyle, manager. Safety. 

Participants for "A Day in CTA" arrive at CTA 
headquarters at 0800 hours on the first Wednesday of 
each month — the day when the CTA Board holds its 
regular monthly meeting. They are met by one of 
Blaa's special assistants and given an orientation of 
their schedule for the day which will stretch up to 1500 
hours before all is said and done. 

After orientation, the three participants meet with 
Blaa in his office. Blaa chats with the three partici- 
pants about their jobs and exchanges ideas on various 
topics of interest. 

The three visitors then are given a tour of the 
Control Center where they are introduced to the con- 
trollers in the Center's three major areas — rail, 
electric power, and bus operations. They are en- 
couraged to ask questions, make suggestions, and get 
a thorou^ imderstanding of this "bird's-eye view" of 
the CTA's largest department — Transportation — the 
people who are directing the people moving people. 

Following their stay in the Control Center, they are 

invited to attend the CTA Board meeting. Harold 
Geissenheimer, manager. General Operations Division, 
introduces the three visitors to CTA Chairman Eugene 
Barnes and members of the CTA Board as the out- 
standing employes who are spending "A Day in CTA." 
The three visiting employes remain for the Board 
meeting to learn how the CTA's staff and the Board 
work together for the benefit of the CTA's 1 million 
daily riders. 

Following the Board meeting, the visitors join 
Blaa, Edward Mitchell, director. Support Services, who 
aided Blaa in creating "A Day in CTA," and the special 
assistant for lunch and more exchanges of ideas. 

Following lunch, the group is introduced to the 
inner workings of the RTA Travel Information Center. 
There they learn about the latest electronic aids used 
by the Center's staff to help give travel directions for 
persons using public transit In the six northeast Illi- 
nois counties that make up the RTA service area. 

At 1400 hours the groiqj visits the CTA's Executive 



Top: Edward Mitchell (right), director. Support Services, explains his group's 
role in the Transportation department. 

Above: George Krambles (right), executive director, explains features of model 
of truck to be used on new rapid transit cars. 

Offices where they exchange ideas with other "top 
brass" of the Authority. 

After this, they return to the Transportation de- 
partment to meet with directors Edward Mitchell of 
Support Services, Michael LaVelle of Service, Harry 
Reddrick of Personnel, and a representative of the 
Maintenance department. Each of the visitors meets 
with a director in the visitor's field of operation for 
an in-depth briefing and more exchanges of ideas, 
comments, and suggestions. When this give-and-take 
session is completed to the visitor's satisfaction, their 
tour is completed unless they wish to visit another 
section of the CTA for expanding their knowledge of 
the Authority's operations. 

"Thanks to 'A Day In CTA,' I think we have helped 
broaden imderstanding, resolved some problems, and 
improved the relationship between the operating and 
maintenance members and the management-level 
members of the CTAo Everyone — especially our 
riders — benefits," Blaa concluded. 

Three operating employes who were selected to 
spend 'A Day in CTA' on March 5 shared their 
opinions with Transit News at the end of the day. 

Edith Carr, bus operator. 
Forest Glen, was selected 
for her outstanding driv- 
ing ability and safety 

"I think everybody should be able to be in this pro- 
gram. I never realized how much work was going 
on here (in the Mart headquarters). 
"Of everyone I saw and everyone I spoke with, I 
like the Control Center best. It's wonderful how 
the controllers have everything - well - under control. 
They know how to handle a critical situation when 
it happens, and they know how to correct it." 

Bernard Townsend, rail 
supervisor. South section, 
was selected for his alert 
action in reporting a 
potentially dangerous 
condition on Feb. 21, 
after a derailed Chicago 
and North Western rail- 
way freight car damaged 
a bridge support on the 
Douglas route. 

"I liked the CTA Board meeting. They are an active 

board - they seem to want to know about everything 

that's going on. 

"I got the feeling that there was a lot of interest by 

board members in the programs and proposals made 

by the staff. 

"I liked the interplay of ideas between the board 

and staff." 

Eugene Palmer, motor- 
man. South section, was 
selected because he aided 
police in the apprehen- 
sion of a pickpocket. 

"I liked the Board meeting the best - they dealt with 
a lot of things I thought the board members never 
really got into. 

"I liked the tour of the Control Center, and I like 
how well organized the CTA's headquarters is - it's 
a lot more organized than I thought." 

MARCH, 1980 


James Dolan (North Section) was 
the conductor of a Howard/Jack- 
son Park train that Mrs. K. Funa- 
mura, of Magnolia avenue, was 
riding one night with her children. 
"A man got on who was very loud 
and belligerent and had been 
drinking. He sat in back of me, 
put his arm around my neck, 
and made advances. At this 
point the conductor entered the 
car. Without hesitation he came 
up and asked what the problem 
was. I told him my predicament, 
and he tactfully asked the man to 
leave or he would be forced to 
call the police. The conductor 
made sure he got off at the next 
stop, then came back to ask if I 
was all right. Please thank him 
again for a job extremely well 

Pedro Balderas (North Park garage) 
was commended by John Dres- 
sier, of North Damen avenue, for 
being "a most pleasant, courteous, 
and efficient driver. From the 
Loyola 'L' to Damen, where I 
got off his #155 Devon bus, he 
called out every street stop, and 
waited just an extra minute for 
a few older persons to get on. 
He greeted everyone in a polite 
manner and was a careful driver 
in traffic. I have ridden with 
him once before on this route, 
and he was the same way then, 
too. Riding with this driver 
makes the trip satisfying." 

commendation corner 

James Bush (69th Street garage) was appreciated 
by Wanda Parker, of Calumet avenue, for his courtesy 
on a #55 Garfield bus. "There were several elderly 
people getting on the bus, and he would assist them up 
the steps. He also made sure they heard him so they 
would not miss their stops. Overall and most im- 
portant, he had a pleasant attitude that spread to the 
others on his bus, I hope to see other drivers who 
enjoy their jobs as much as he does because he was 
able to change an otherwise dull day into a much 
happier one for a lot of people." 

Edgar MoUinedo (North Park garage) was praised 
by Ethel Deno, of Sheffield avenue, for the way he 
handled his #11 Lincoln bus. "As the bus started 
north, I noticed that the driver called out each street, 
and as we approached Belmont, he said very clearly 
and distinctly, 'Belmont, 3200 North; Ashland, 1600 
West.' I got off at 4200 Lincoln and happened to get 
on the same bus later going south, and he was still 
calling the streets the same way. He was very pleas- 
ant and always stopped close to the curb so the pas- 
sengers could get off or on without any trouble. It was 
a pleasure riding with him." 

Charles Yoimg (West Section) was the conductor of 
a Douglas train that Valerie Stelman, of Berwyn, rode 
one evening from the Loop to the terminal at 54th 
avenue. "He made the ride seem like a vacation. He 
called out every stop and announced transfer points. 
I have not been taking the Douglas train very long, and 
I am very grateful the CTA has a person so courteous, 
kind, instructive, patient, and understanding working 
in his position. He does an excellent job, and is a 
credit to the CTA. Many riders would like to see him 
on every train they take," 


Wanda Navarro (North Section), conductor of a 
Howard train, was commended for "doing a fine job" 
by Louis Epstein, of Rosemont avenue. "I marveled 
at her ability to do the job, her promptness at reach- 
ing the various positions she had to move to, and her 
knowledge, not only of the stops, but of other routes 
and information. What really impressed me was her 
voice. Her voice over the intercom was clear, con- 
cise, the perfect pitch, and her pronunciation was 
beautiful. As an amateur radio operator, I know my 
intercoms and radios. So, out of curiosity, I went to 
other cars on the train and foimd her voice to be the 
same throughout. Good luck to her," 

Alejandro Cepeda (Archer garage) was the driver 
of a #99 Stevenson Express bus that Mrs. B. J. Den- 
ham rode one afternoon rush period on her way home 
to suburban Justice. "I foimd the driver to be a pro- 
fessional at his job. He very efficiently and smoothly 
drove through rush hour traffic on the Stevenson 
Expressway, Cicero, and Archer avenues. Being a 
constant rider on that route, I must comment on how 
well he handled the bus under rush hour conditions." 

James Howland (North Park garage) and William 
Johnson (Limits garage) were thanked by Beverly Con- 
roy, of North State street, "for recovery of my be- 
longings and also for restoring my sense of pride and 
feeling of well being with my fellow Chicagoans. 
Driver #5481 (Howland) was observant and noticed 
something amiss when the young man who boarded his 
(#153 Wilson/Michigan) bus ahead of me turned and 
got off. He insisted I check the flight bag I was car- 
rying, and it was then that I became aware of my loss. 
After I began to chase the thief, the second driver 
(Johnson) jumped off and tackled him. Within minutes 
they had police there, ..and all ended happily for me," 



Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating em- 
ployes receiving commendations 
recently were: 

Hasan Abdelqader, Archer; 
Juan Alameda and Katie Avery, 
both of North Avenue; and Rosa 
Alfaro, Forest Glen. 

Vernon Barney, Limits; James 
Batups, 52nd Street; William 
Bradshaw, 69th Street; James 
Brooks, 77th Street; Edward 
Brown, North Park; and Willie 
Burton, Archer. 

Jean Cage, North Park; John 
Cameron, Ashland Terminal; 
Philip Campanella, Forest Glen; 
Carlos Castillo, Douglas/Con- 
gress; and Pedro Coronado, North 

Victor Davila and Armentha 
Dawldns, both of North Park; Wil- 
lie Davis, Rail System; Burnett 
Devers, 69th Street; and Joseph 
DiMartino, Forest Glen. 

James Estes, Forest Glen. 

Samuel Favre, North Park; 
James Ferguson and Henry Fos- 
ter, both of Forest Glen; and Ro- 
land Fortier, Archer. 

Josef a Garcia, Limits; David 
Gaston and Mary Guerrero, both 
of 69th Street; Edward Geddes Sr., 
77th Street; Corine Glaspie, West 
Section; and Wallacene Good and 
Odell Granger, both of Forest Glen. 

Clifton Hall, 77th Street; Mary 
Hall, 69th Street; Joseph Harris, 
Archer; John Harris and Charlie 
Hill, both of Lawndale; Lawrence 
Hart, North Avenue; Leon Hegwood, 
Howard/Kimball; and Joe Hodge, 
North Park. 

Joseph Jackson Jr. and Willie 
James, both of North Park; Elvin 
James, 77th Street; and Ducloux 
Johnson, 52nd Street, 

Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen; Jo- 
seph Kelso, 69th Street; Hugh King, 
North Avenue; and Robert Kremer, 
North Park. 

Marco Lara, Forest Glen; 
James Lariy, 52nd Street; Fred 
Lorenz, North Avenue; and Rob- 
ert Lucas, Lawndale. 

Verne Mahr, 77th Street; Rob- 
ert Martinez and Edgar Mollinedo, 
both of North Park; Alfredo Mas- 
corro. North Avenue; Jeanette 
Milltnes and Faye Murry, both of 
Lawndale; Hermilo Montes, Lim- 
its; and John Moutrey, Forest Glen. 

Joe Nash, North Park; Brenda 
Neely, Lawndale; and Steve Nel- 
son and Hector Nieves, both of 
Forest Glen. 

Everett Odle, Forest Glen; and 
Frederick Owens, 52nd Street. 

Thomas Parker and Leonard 
Peterson, both of North Park; and 
Jerome Perdue, Limits. 

Henry Radom and Porfirio Ro- 
sales, both of Forest Glen; Oscar 
Repelin and Rafael Rivera, both of 
North Park; Anthony Reynolds, 
Archer; and Charles Rutledge, 

Joseph Salvato and Jung Song, 
both of Forest Glen; Mary Schmidt- 
ke, Kenneth Simpson, Howard 
Sneed, Frank Star Jr., and Carl 
Suddeth, all of North Park; Tues- 
day Simpson and Clydie Stuart, 
both of Limits; and Robert Sos- 
nowsM, 52nd Street. 

Wendell Talbert, North Park; 
Renee Thomas, 52nd Street; Al 
Towns, 77th Street; and Geraldine 
Tufano, West Section. 

Edward UrbansM, Archer. 

Luis Velasquez, Archer; Man- 
uel Viruet, North Park; and John 
Vogt, Beverly. 

Jimmie Walker, North Avenue; 
Mary Wallace, Reginald Williams, 
and Arlis Wilson, all of North 
Park; Cleveland White Jr., Lawn- 
dale; and Mae Woodard, West 

Glen; and 

Marvin Zabel and Joseph Zuker- 
man, both of North Park. 

Yezeguielian, Forest 
Thelma Yoimg, North 

Left: James Michael Person just might be a 
future bus driver. The three year old son of 
Darold J. Person, bus serviceman. Forest 
Glen, and his wife Susan, and grandson of 
retired bus operator Carl W. Person and his 
wife Violet, loves to put on the coat and 
hat and pretend that he is driving a bus. 

Right: Ten year old Deathra Prince recently 
signed a contract to do television commer- 
cials, and possibly movies. Her talent was 
spotted by her father, Afldale Prince, ticket 
agent, 51st, as they were watching television. 
"Deathra would Imitate the kids on t.v., and 
one day she said 'Dad, I could do that.' 
Being a proud father, I believed she could." 
Deathra was selected from a group of 500 
children auditioning for the job, which 
Includes a three year contract. Her talents, 
which Include singing, dancing and acting, 
come naturally. Both of her parents sing, 
and her mother, Dorothy Prince, has recorded 




-:, ,J^ 4. 

MARCH, 1980 


CTA engineers save oil 
clean up environment 

If SAVAGALLONAGASAWEEK is a good idea, then 
saving four thousand gallons of oil a year is an even 
better idea^ The CTA has implemented this 'better 
idea' in the form of two oil/water separators at the 
North Park bus garage. 

In addition to saving spilling and leaking diesel and 
motor oil from going to waste, the new separators now 
make the CTA meet the most stringent anti-pollution 

The Municipal Sanitary District began complaining 
about oil run-off into their canal in the mid-1970'So 
The oil was coming from the bus service and parking 
areas at the North Park garage. Many solutions were 
attempted, such as small holding tanks and installa- 
tion of oil absorbant materials in the drainage system, 
but nothing seemed to work. These methods could not 
meet the Sanitary District's maximum allowable 
pollutant level of 1 5 parts per million. 

A real solution had to be found after the Sanitary 
District threatened to sue. Representatives from the 
Engineering, Maintenance and Law Departments met 
with the Sanitary District in 1977 to determine exactly 
what type of device was needed. 

The Mechanical Engineering Division designed the 
project, which works by gravity. Involved in the de- 
sign were George Millonas, manager. Engineering; 
Chris Kalogeras, director. Plant Engineering; Ronald 
Mazierka, superintendent. Mechanical Engineering; 
George Gustafson, mechanical draftsman, and F. H, 

F. H. Petzold, CTA project manager (right), and Daniel Collins, general 
manager, Enquip, supervise the delivery of oil/water separators from 
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Petzold, who was the project manager. 

Additional work was performed by the Building- 
Wirmg Design group and the Structural Engineering 
section, and field construction of the separators was 
directed by the Contract Construction section. 

Oil and water from the bus service and parking 
areas are carried through underground drains into 
two collecting basins. The flow then enters two 40- 
foot longcompartmentalized separators, where gravity 
acts to pull the heavier water to the bottom as the 
lighter oil rises to the top. 

The oil goes into one of two 2,000 gallon storage 
tanks, while the water flows into the sewer system, 
through the Sanitary District treatment facility, and 
then re-enters the river as clean water. 

This system requires no moving parts, and the 
only maintenance required is the pumping-out of the 
oil-storage tanks twice a year. A yearly inspection 
for sludge build-up and corrosion is also recom- 

There are remote level gauges in the garage fore- 
man's office to let personnel know when the storage 
tanks are getting full. When the tanks are filled, the 
oil is sold to a scavenger, who then recycles it. 

Although the design for the facility was completed 
by the end of 1978, work was delayed because the CTA 
had to seek permission of the Army to excavate 10 
feet of their adjoining property. 

At the same time. Engineering was searching for 
manufacturers able to build the separators to their 



Left above: The excavation took three 
months. In addition to installing tanks, 
ns and drainage lines, the contractor 
re-opened old drains, installed oil level guages 
and performed some electrical work. 

Above: The new six foot deep city sewer is 
connected to the separator. The wooden 
forms around the pipes are in preparation 
for the concrete implacements. 

Left: The finished project is completely 
underground. Access covers provide easy 
entrance for maintenance inspectors, and 
concrete curbing is the only clue to the fact 
that the tanks and basins are there. 

specification. Enquip Corporatirai of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 
was selected for the task. The Nu-Way Contracting 
Corporation of Chicago handled the excavation and in- 

The system, which had a final cost of $335,000, is 
completely underground and cathodically protected to 
prevent corrosion. It will last at least imtil the year 
2005, and probably longer. 

The separators can handle rainstorm accumulation 

up to three-eighths of an inch per hour. Once the 
Sanitary District's deep tunnel project is completed 
there will be no overflow to the river at all. 

With energy efficiency and pollution control be- 
coming more important than ever, a pollution control 
device of this type is part of a comprehensive system 
being installed at the new Kedzie garage. Other 
garages may also have oil/water separators installed 
at a later date. 

MARCH, 1980 


Public safety 

Once you win a Public Safety Award after a long 
period without one, it's hard to give it up, so for the 
second quarter in a row, 77th Street took top honors 
for public safety in garage competition„ 

For the fourth quarter of 1979, 77th registered a 
21 per cent decrease in traffic accidents compared to 
its average during the same period over the previous 
three years. Similarly, the garage's passenger ac- 

cident frequency rate was 40 percent below its average 
for the earlier quarters. 

The last quarter of 1979 also saw Congress termi- 
nal winning its first Public Safety Award of the year, 
or its 18th prize since the inception of the program 
in 1961. In maintaining its average of at least one 
victory a year in competition among terminals. Con- 
gress showed a 79 per cent reduction in its combined 
traffic and accident frequency rate compared to the 
record of previous fourth quarters. 

It was a repeat performance at 77th Street, where drivers were joined in celebrating their 
previous award by Tom Boyle, manager. Safety (wearing white shirt with tie) and Frank 
Wsol, area superintendent. Far South (holding plaque). 

James Blaa, manager. Transportation (center), was on 
hand to congratulate Public Safety Award winners at 
77th Street, including drivers Henry Martin (left) and 
Charles Walker, who were given special recognition 
certificates for being outstanding employes% 

The warm glow of victory at Congress terminal is reflected in the smiles 
of (left to right): James Blaa, manager. Transportation; Harold Geissen 
heimer. General Operations Manager; Alex Wilson, assistant superinten 
dent. Congress; Bennie Davis, motorman (holding plaque);Jim Morphew 
legislative analyst, Illinois House of Representatives; Elliot Linne 
assistant superintendent, Congress/Douglas; Mike Veltri, superintendent 
Congress/Douglas; and John Bright, conductor. During the ceremony 
Davis and Bright received certificates of special recognition. 

Maintenance people who joined operating employes In celebrating 
another safety award win at Congress included (left to right): car 
repairers Jim Malloy and Ovidio Alaniz; John Cannella, terminal day 
foreman; car repairers Sheldon Rita, Joseph Martinek, Veno Cox, and 
Mike 0'Sullivan;car servicers Maude Lambert and Neftall Torres Jr.; 
and car repairer Ed Jackson. 





52nd Street, Emp. 10-31-43 
JOSEPH CITRO, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 2-28-52 

Forest Glen, Emp. 2-3-58 
GENNARO FICO, Bus Servicer, 

Beverly, Emp. 1-30-52 
JAMES FULLER, Instructor, 

77th Street, Emp. 4-27-46 
PETER GAZA, Car Repairman A, 

Kimball, Emp. 2-17-49 

Forest Glen, Emp. 2-25-46 
JOHN GRIFFIN, Bus Repairer, 

77th Street, Emp. 11-3-50 

Financial Services, Emp. 8-8-56 
JOSEPH KAREL, Statistician, 

Schedules, Emp. 5-4-42 

Maintenance, Emp. 10-15-51 
JOHN KEPHART, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 12-22-75 
JAMES LAHEY, Assistant Superintendent, 

North Park, Emp. 3-4-46 
IRVING LEWIN, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 4-26-48 
NELLO LORENZI, Lineman Helper, 

West Shops, Emp. 12-28-45 
JAMES MADDEN, Special Investigator, 

Blue Island, Emp. 11-21-59 

North Park, Emp. 5-18-59 
JOHN PUGH, Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp. 7-5-72 

Beverly, Emp. 3-2-45 

Kimball, Emp. 1-26-50 

Howard, Emp. 2-17-50 



West Shops, Emp. 10-18-62 

Archer, Emp. 6-11-59 

77th Street, Emp. 2-24-48 

77th Street, Emp. 2-6-67 
WALTER YOUNG, Collector, 

Limits, Emp. 7-24-67 


Volume 33 

Number 3 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA, 
Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 
Department: Bill Baxa, Acting Manager: Staff, Mel 
Alexander, Christine Borcic, Kathy Byrne, Jack 
Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Produced by the Adminis- 
trative Sen/ices Unit under the direction of Charles 
T, Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P,0. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

FRANK ALDONIS, 86, Archer, 

Emp. 2-13-17, Died 1-19-80 
JOHN ANDERSON, 85, Limits, 

Emp. 4-28-21, Died 1-10-80 
RUDOLPH ANDERSON, 86, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 1-21-21, Died 1-25-80 
ESTHER BAUER, 74, Schedule, 

Emp. 6-18-23, Died 12-21-79 
SCOTT BROWNLOW, 73, Archer, 

Emp. 11-11-26, Died 1-13-80 
ANN DUNLEAVY, 70, West Section, 

Emp. 7-30-46, Died 1-2-80 
AMOS FAIRFIELD, 82, Desplaines, 

Emp. 5-21-17, Died 12-2-79 
THOMAS FAY, 80, Congress, 

Emp. 8-4-43, Died 1-21-80 
ANDREW FITZSIMONS, 75, Acootmting, 

Emp. 2-2-42, Died 12-31-79 
THOMAS GALVIN, 90, Kedzie, 

Emp. 2-11-13, Died 1-2-80 
GEORGE GARWOOD, 87, 77th Street, 

Emp. 8-29-16, Died 1-21-80 
ARTHUR HALFORD, 80, Lawndale, 

Emp„ 6-17-26, Died 1-17-80 
ROBERT HALLEY, 52, Archer, 

Emp. 9-16-57, Died 2-5-80 
HARRY J. HANSEN, 84, North Avenue, 

Emp. 3-2-23, Died 1-12-80 
JOHN HARTMAN, 65, North Avenue, 

Emp. 2-2-53, Died 1-10-80 
WALTER HAUTOP, 82, Keeler, 

Emp. 6-6-25, Died 1-2-80 
AGNES HOGAN, 82, North Section, 

Emp. 2-27-23, Died 1-17-80 

LOUIS HOY, 76, North SectiOT, 

Emp. 11-1-33, Died 1-1-80 
RITA HURLEY, 49, West Shops, 

Emp. 9-23-69, Died 2-9-80 
SAMUEL JONES, 57, Lawndale, 

Emp. 8-22-47, Died 1-28-80 
JOSEPH KOUDELKA, 85, Lawndale, 

Emp. 8-18-36, Died 1-6-80 
FRANK KRAWITZ, 88, Building, 

Emp. 3-19-18, Died 1-17-80 
ELIZABETH McELENEY, 95, West Sect., 

Emp. 6-18-18, Died 1-18-80 
ISABEL McGINNIS, 80, General Office, 

Emp. 6-24-18, Died 1-17-80 
ERNEST PASCHKE, 79, Limits, 

Emp. 2-1-26, Died 1-27-80 
JAMES PAVONE, 86, Maintenance, 

Emp. 10-3-18, Died 1-4-80 
FRANK PIASECKI, 58, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 2-19-47, Died 1-29-80 
MARTIN PIERSON, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 8-4-58, Died 1-3-80 
HARRY RICHARDS, 56, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 3-10-69, Died 1-26-80 

LEO ROSE, 64, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-2-59, Died 1-5-80 
MICHAEL RUSS, 84, Wilson, 

Emp. 2-11-24, Died 

LEE SCHULTZ, 82, Douglas, 

Emp. 3-13-14, Died 1-17-80 

FRANK SOMMER, 71, 77ih Street, 

Emp. 5-28-48, Died 1-13-80 


Emp. 8-27-29, Died 1-7-80 

CHARLES TECHTMAN, 90, West Sect., 

Emp. 2-18-42, Died 1-5-80 

March service 


35 years 

E, Banks, Beverly 

J. F. Sanhamel 

North Park 

30 years 


T. Anthony, Skokie Shop 


H.Austin, TABEC 


R. Barber, District D 


L. Coari, Payroll 


R. Deering, South Shops 


E. Drey, South Shops 


K. Haas, South Shops 


Hennelly, Kimball 


Hodowanic, Skokie Shop 


J. Joe, 69th Street 


J. Kohler, Instruction 


W. Matthews, Ash land -6 1st 


A. Myers, Campaign Rail 


N. Rakestraw, Ash!and-61st 


B, Ross, Instruction 


J. Sabadosa, 54th Shop 


J. Shackley, Howard/Kimball 


Walker, Materials Payable 


J. Wirth, Maintenance 


L.Woods, Utility 


Wright, Accts. Receivable 

We're sorry. . . 

In the December, 1979, issue of Trans- 
it News, we inadvertently misspelled the 
following Death Notice: 

BERNARD McBRIDE, 56, 69th St., 
Emp. 5-7-50, Died 10-21-79 

25 years 

C. Gray Jr., 69th Street 
H. A, Means, 69th Street 
C. A. Ortman, Forest Glen 
C. E. Pollard, Engineering 
B. E. Small, North Park 

MARCH, 1980 


YMCA offers pre-retirement planning workshops 

"A successful and happy retirement doesn't just 
happen. It requires planning," said Craig Heatter, 
superintendent of Pensions. "Good planning takes 
time. Give some thought to it now — whatever youi: 

To help CTA employes, and others, plan for their 
retirement, the Central YMCA Community College is 
offering Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops at three 
locations starting in April. The college holds the 
workshops six times a year. 

The workshops meet one day a week for six weeks 
and cover vital questions about home, financial plan- 
ning, aging, legal affairs, keeping healthy and whether 
to stay or move from Chicago. 

Dr. Ruth Gallinot, director, Adult/Continuing Edu- 
cation for the college, said the cost for the entire 
program is only $20. For persons over 60, the fee is 
$10. This includes registration and a kit of materials. 

The workshops will be held in the following loca- 

tions—Central YMCA Community College, 211 W. 
Wacker dr., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays starting 
April 7; West Suburban YMCA, LaGrange, to be held 
from 7 to 9 on Wednesdays starting April 9; and 
at 202 S. State st., 6th floor, from noon to 2 p.m. on 
Thursdays starting April 10. 

"The Pre-Retirement Workshops sponsored by the 
Central YMCA Commimity College can help our em- 
ployes plan an important part of their lives — their 
futures," Heatter said. "Retirement from the job 
doesn't mean retirement from life. 

'We think that attending the Pre-Retirement Plan- 
ning Workshops can be an important first step to a 
happy retirement." 

For more information about the workshops and when 
they are scheduled to be held later this year, tele- 
phone the Central YMCA Community College at 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO. 8021 



New substations 
increase efficiency 

Most Chicagoans have been warned since childhood 
not to go near the "hot" third rail at CTA tracks. 
Hardly anyone can tell you how the third rail gets "hot" 
in the first place. 

Six hxmdred volts of power are thrust onto the third 
rail from 34 electrical substations throughout the 
rapid transit system. But the electrical charge must 
go through many changes before it's ready to be used 
for the third rail. The substations perform this 

A project to replace the 13 oldest substations be- 
gan in 1975. They were divided into two groups. The 
first group of seven were in service by 1978. 

The brand new Kolmar substation is one of the 
group of six remaining substations that are either in 
service or under construction. Kolmar, which went 
on-line in February, replaces the old and outdated 
station housed next door in an old building owned by 
Commonwealth Edison, The new station is sleek and 
modem, with the latest in electrical equipment. All 
of the new CTA substations are designed with economy 
a priority. They need no personnel except for a 
maintenance check once a week. 

At the substations, 12,000 volts of AC current from 
the electric company are channeled into two giant 
transformers which reduce the voltage to 600. The 
transformers are in an open-air courtyard. Since 
they get very hot, they must be chemically cooled in 
the summertime. The cooling system is included in 
the transformer itself. 

Once the voltage is reduced, the current must be 
converted from AC type to DC type. This work is done 
by machines in the main room of the substation called 
rectifiers. This conversion is done because the third 
rail only accepts DC type electricity, (cont., page 2) 

The sleek lines of the new Kolmar substation are a great improvement 
over those of the old building that It replaces. 

The switch-gear box provides control of the substation by the Control 
Center in the Merchandise Mart. 



APRIL, 1980 

Left: The Ridgeland substation has the same 
sleek lines as Kolmar. 

Below: Project manager Alfred Menanteaux 
points out spare auxiliary rectifier. 

Middle: Grounding cables and reactors are 
located in the basement of the substation. 

Bottom: Transformers in their outdoor court 
yard are shielded from public access by brick 

(CTA photos by Bert Cadney) 

In the case of a power failure, Commonwealth 
Edison has provided an emergency power supply that 
switches into service automatically and lasts vintil the 
normal power supply is restored. 

With all of this power going in and out of the sta- 
tion, Kolmar has plenty of circuit breakers and trips 
to prevent overheating of the cables. Even the circuit 
breakers have circuit breakers — called reactors. The 
reactors are located in the basement of the substa- 
tion. Loud crashing sounds heard periodically are the 
restilt of the reactors absorbing gear switches that 
would be too much for the more delicate circuit 
breakers to handle. 

Also in the basement is the grounding system for 
the transformers. All of the cables carrying the 
12,000 volts of power to the substation are encased 
in concrete for safety purposes and in compliance 
with the electrical codco 

The delicacy and precision of the equipment in the 
Kolmar substation requires clean, pure air„ To ac- 
complish this, large air filters have been installed. 
The filters attract and capture dust and dirt particles 
in the substation. 

Every switch at the substation is remotely moni- 
tored and controlled from the Control Center down- 
town in the Merchandise Mart. For example, emer- 
gencies or irregularities on the tracks requiring iso- 
lated power shut-offs are handled through the sub- 
station by the power supervisor at the Control Center. 
No one has to run to the substation to pull switches or 
push buttons. 

Preparations for landscaping on the outside of the 
Kolmar substation have begun. Trees, grass, and 
shrubs will soon be growing upon land that was a 
garbage dump not too long ago. 

Kolmar and the other five substations, Des Plaines, 
Douglas, Kedzie, Ridgeland, and 54th avenue were all 
designed by CTA's Electrical Engineering Depart- 
ment under the direction of Manager George Millonas. 
Engineers James Stewart, Joseph Siegal, and Mike 
Kelly were involved in the design. Alfred Menanteaux 
was the project manager. 

Construction on all of the stations was performed 
by the Maron Construction Company. Funds for the 
multi-million dollar project were provided by local, 
state, and federal governments. 


Busy volunteer squeezes in job 

Article by Michael Anderson. Photo by Carmen Reporto. Reprinted 
with permission from The Chicago Sun-Times, March 10, 1980. 

James Thomas finds just enough time to squeeze in 
a job among his volvmteer activities. 

He is coordinator for the Chicago Hearing Society's 
weekly recreational club for deaf teen-agers. He is a 
"big brother" to a deaf youth 
and sees him several times a 
month. As a Juvenile Court 
volimteer, he works with first- 
time offenders who have been 
placed on probation. And 
Thomas sits on the advisory 
board of the Roseland Mental 
Health Center. 

Yes, he really does work 
full-time. Thomas is in his 14th year with the CTA as 
a rapid-transit motorman. He said his unusual work 
schedule allows him time for his assorted public 

"My day with the CTA ends at 1:30 p.m.," Thomas 
said. "I have the rest of the day to myselfc" 

Thomas is one of 11 imsimg heroes chosen for the 
Sun-Times Thomas Jefferson Awards for community 
service from among hundreds of "good people" whose 
names were submitted by the public. 

The 36-year-old Thomas said his active life as a 
volunteer grew out of an experience with his own 
children, now ages 11 and 5. 

He said that while working in one of his children's 
cooperative nurseiy school, he took special interest 
in a child who appeared withdrawn and imable to so- 
cialize with the other children. The school's psychol- 
ogist noted Thomas's instinctive skill. "She said I 
had good gut reactions," he said. 

Thomas then took courses at Kennedy-King College 
in child development. He studied sign language at the 
Hearing Society. And a volimteer was bom, 

"I was just trying tobroaden my own perspectives," 
Thomas said. "If a parent had an exceptional child 
and wanted help, I wanted to be able to help them." 

His imique combination of concern and skills with 
sign language enabled Thomas to become the city's 
first volunteer with the Hearing Society when it began 
its Big Brother/Big Sister program four years ago. 

The skill has been of service on the job, too. 
Thomas has been called to interpret conductors' an- 
noxmcements for the benefit of deaf passengers. 

Into an already busy life, Thomas plans to inject 
new areas of volimteerism. He wants to serve the 
elderly or the blind. 

Thomas and the 10 other award winners will be 
honored by the Sun- Times at a limcheon March 21 with 
a bronze medallion bearing the Great Seal of the United 
States. And he and the others will be considered for 
one of five $1,000 national Jefferson Awards to be pre- 
sented in Washington, D.C., in July by the American 
Institute of Public Service. 

Volunteer James Thomas, 36, uses sign language to talk to Eric Henton, 
a student at the Loop YMCA. 

Tuition aid plan 
increased and simplified 

The CTA's tuition aid plan for 
reimbursing employes for their 
college studies has been increased 
and simplified. 

"The reimbursement limit has 
been increased from $500 to 
$750 per school year (August 1 
through July 31)," said Norine 
Stratton, training coordinator in 
the Training/Development pro- 
grams section of the Human 
Resources Department. 

"The percentages of reimburse- 
ment have been simplified," Ms. 
Stratton said. "Under the new 
simpUfied program, the CTA will 
reimburse employes 100 per cent 
for tuition for job related courses, 
75 per cent for courses leading 

to a bachelor's, an associate's, or master's degree in fields 
related to work at the CTA, and 50 per cent for courses that 
are CTA career related." 

To be reimbursed, the employe must submit evidence 
of earning a "C" grade or better, or satisfactory completion, 
along with a tuition receipt, to Training/Development pro- 
grams. Room 752. Merchandise Mart. 

For more information, contact Ms. Stratton on extension 
1283 in the Mart. 

APRIL, 1980 

Million Mile Club 

One million miles is a long way 
to drive without a Chargeable or 
preventable accident. Operating a 
bus in chaotic city traffic makes 
the accomplishment even more 

However, 155 CTA bus opera- 
tors accomplished this feat, and 
11 of them have driven two mil- 
lion miles! All 155 have been ad- 
mitted to the National Safety Cottn- 
cil's Million Mile Club. 

Each operator received a per- 
sonalized plaque commemorating 
his accomplishment and a Million 
Mile Club membership card. The 
awards were given during cere- 
monies held at eveiy garage. The 
presentations were made by 
Thomas Boyle, manager, Safety. 

While it would be impossible 
for a driver to actually drive one 
million miles, a special formula 
has been designed for the CTA. 
Twenty-flve thousand working 
hours, or 12 regular working 

years, without a chargeable or 
preventable accident, qualifies an 
operator for membership. 

The million mile membership 
awards are now an annual event, 
which should be good news for the 
many operators only a few years 
or months away from this tre- 
mendous milestone. 

The following is a list of CTA's 
million mile drivers. (Two mil- 
lion mile drivers are listed in 
bold type.) 

North Avenue garage (left to right): Curtis Jackson, Aioize W. Szymell, Anthony F. French, 
Earlie L. Bryant, Francis Farrelly, Charles Treanor, George Thurman, Eugene R. Church, John 
Herron, Anthony Kemp, Henry Smith, Louis E. Ford, Herbert W. Peterson, Adolphus Walker, 
Alvin Kiszka, Bert V, Hukill, Theautry Snyder, Charles C. Hicks, Carl Waggoner, and Harry 
Lindberg. Not shown: Paul Z. Fox, Michael F. McCarthy, Fred A. Methiesen, Hartwell C. 
Onstott, and Robert Shea. 

52nd Street garage (left to right): Leo Porter, Walter 
Falls, Jr., James Batups, Lloyd Ferdinand, Theodore 
Love, Jr., and Samuel E. Willianis. 

Archer garage (left to right): Joseph Gorecki, John Grubusic, John 
Hoyne, Walter Gibson, Willie Goldsby, Austion Woolfolk, and Roland 
Fortier. Not shown: Raymond Burkhardt, James Degnan, John Fietko, 
George Hamper, Jack Martin, John Noga, Denis O'Donoghue, Mickey 
Reeder, Roy Rodgers, Richard Rossborough, James Short, Charles 
Smith, Joseph Smok, and George Wallace. 

69th Street garage (left to right): Edward J. Young, Laurance 
Weathersby, William Wittstock, William A. Walter, John Singleton, and 
Theodore I. Raymond, Jr. Not shown: Arthur E. Brown, Dennis W. 
Coleman, Jr., Leonard Dake, George R. Ferguson, Roy F. Horning, 
Joseph Kovatz, William A. Lawson, Wendell Slay, Jr., Hansel Smith, 
and Earl P. Tinsey. 


North Park garage (left to right): Walter Ostrowski, 
John Eiselt, Joseph Kmiec, and Walter Jentsch. Not 
shown: Patrick Brown, Magnus Edgar, James Hall, II, 
and Robert Johnson. 

Lawndale garage (left to right): Raymond Fay, Edwin Celovsky, Robert demons, Harvey 
Bey, James Fitchpatrick, James Bell, Robert Fenrick, Tomie Phillips, Willie Jackson, Willie 
Webb, Roger Thompson, Walter Jones, Jonas Barnett, and Charles Lindsay. 

Forest Glen garage (left to right): Joseph T. Mollo, Mitchell J. Szalwa, Alex S. Plodzin, 
Thaddeus J. Zdeb, Henry F. Wisinski, Richard A. Wilson, John Tertz, Jr., Steve G. Gorski, 
Howard R. Wilson, Teddy S. Pyzyna, Robert W. Adams, and Alvin E. Polowczyk. Not shown: 
Arnold W. Campbell, Anthony M. DeMayo,Ted J. Galus, Clifford R. Last, Burgess F. Peterson, 
and Adam Wolowiec. 

Limits garage (left to right): Carl N. Lewis, Walter 
Lemons, Jr., eleven Wardlow, and Richard Burrell. 
Not shown: George J. Gart and John W. Miller. 

77th Street garage (kneeling, left to right): Simmons S. Gibson, 
Randolph E. Stewart, Wellington Henderson, and Daniel W. Montrel. 
(Standing, left to right): Randolph Lewis, James Blaa (manager. Trans- 
portation), James H. Stewart, Henry Martin (holding CTA Public 
Safety Award presented earlier), Willie B. Robinson, Frank Riley, Jr., 
William N. Riley, and McClinton Porter, superintendent, 77th. Not 
shown: Robert E. Bean, Walter Campbell, Burnell Dixon, William E. 
Echols, Arthur S. Green, Wilburn L. Hester, Thomas Jackson, John 
R. Jefferson, James Johnson, Luther B. Lee, Eleson E. Murphy, Percy 
L. Riddick, Charles Rule, Jr., Benjamin Smith, William L. Walker, Jr., 
and Richard N.Walston. 

Beverly garage (left to right): James Baker, Don Buck (manager. Safety, 
RTA), Herbert Cobb, John W. Pendelton, Jewel Roberson, Lonnis 
Rupert, Floyd Grajek, David Semmes, James Blaa (manager. Trans- 
portation), and Earl Williams. Not shown: Harold Abrams, William 
A. Burbatt, Booker T. Henry, Ernest Hunter, Edward Kisman, William 
O'Brien, James Sankey, and Herbert Williams. 

APRIL, 1980 

Jean Cage (Limits garage) impres- 
sed Alice Rybarczyk, of Ham- 
mond, Indiana, who recently had 
"the pleasurable experience of 
riding with her on a #157 Street- 
erville bus. In over 30 years of 
using various commuting services, 
I have never seen the equal of 
this driver, whose skillful and 
careful driving is complemented 
by extreme courtesy, concern for 
the safety and comfort of her 
passengers, and considerate an- 
nouncements of oncoming stops. 
I, for one, find such service rare 
in public service these days, and 
feel it should be called to your 

Rochell Benton Jr. (69th Street 
garage) was appreciated by Helen 
Kucera, of South Campbell Ave- 
nue, for his consideration while 
driving a #49 Western bus. 
'This driver is a gentleman - one 
who is solicitous of his passengers 
- one who obviously cares. He is 
friendly, cheerful, and - since I 
am fortunate to catch his bus late 
in the evening - a welcome sight. 
He has the courtesy - when he 
notices the eastbound Burlington 
train at 18th and Western un- 
loading passengers - to wait a few 
seconds to permit us to catch his 
bus. I have been particularly 
grateful of this. This man is an 
asset to the CTA." 

commendation corner 

VICTOR COLON (North Park garage) was the 
driver of a #49 Western bus ridden by K, Begovich, 
of Bloomington. "There was an elderly lady trying to 
board at Chicago avenue. She couldn't get up the steps, 
so this driver got up and helped her. The lady was 
very thankful. When some high school students tried 
to tear up a seat, the driver told them to sit correct- 
ly or get off, and all complied^ I can say he really 
deserves his pay because he takes pride in his job, 
and that's the kind of people there are too few of in 
this worlds" 


HERMAN LLOYD (52nd Street garage) is consid- 
ered "a delight to ride with" by Rosiland Baldwin, of 
Jeffery boulevard, who was a passenger on his #6 
Jeffery Express bus. "He was extremely pleasant and 
courteous. He called stops and said, 'Watch your 
step' and 'Have a pleasant evening.' This driver was 
not only pleasant but a very good driver as well. On 
one occasion some young people were playing their 
radio. He was even courteous to them when he re- 
quested that they 'please' turn off the radio and con- 
cluded with a 'Thank you.' " 

WILFRED DUPREE (North Park garage) was 
praised by Marian Martin, of North Lake Shore drive, 
who was a rider on his #151 Sheridan bus from Ad- 
dison to Adams and State streetSo "I sat on the seat 
right behind him. It is a most difficult line. Many 
visitors to Chicago use it, etc. He received many 
questions, and went out of his way to patiently answer 
all of them efficiently and courteously. In my opinion 
he was outstanding. I would like to see more drivers 
as thoughtful and helpful as he is." 

CLAUDETTE PANFIL (North Park garage) was 
commended by Linda Coody, of North Troy street, who 
was a rider on her #11 Lincoln bus. "I have ridden 
with this driver for over six months. She is always 
courteous and has a cheerful 'Hello!' She also calls 
out all the stops and pulls up to the curb. Today she 
helped an elderly lady off tiie bus. The woman was 
upset that she was putting the driver out, but the driver 
reassured her and was so nice. I know what she did 
was common courtesy, but it is so refreshing to see 
a smile nowadays." 


TRAVIS DKON (77th Street garage) drew the at- 
tention of Henrietta Seals, of South Carpenter street, 
for the way he operated an early morning #24 Went- 
worth bus. "This driver is courteous, he has a 
friendly 'Good morning,' he tries his best, weather 
permitting, to curb his bus, and he tries to be on time 
and get his riders to work on timco It is refreshing to 
ride his bus. I think this driver should be commend- 
ed. He is a good representative for CTA." 

ODELL GRANGER (Forest Glen garage) was given 
credit for the way he drove his #80 Irving Park bus by 
David Bohn, of Elaine place. "The driver was cheer- 
ful and helpful to his passei^ers when faced with 
slick roads and snarled traffic. The bus was very 
crowded, the windows were steamed, and it was dif- 
ficult to see the streets out the side windows, but this 
driver loudly called out the stops so the passengers 
would know when to get off. He also told them to 
watch their step when getting off and wished those de- 
parting to have a nice day, which indeed brightened 
the day." 


Jesse Owens, 
champion of champions 

This was a man— Jesse Owens, Ameri- 
can. A bright symbol of hope in a pre-war 
world shortly before the lights went out all 
over Europe when the Nazis invaded Poland 
in 1939. 

Bom James Cleveland Owens (a teacher 
tagged him permanently with the Jesse be- 
cause of a misunderstanding involving his 
initials of J.C.), the accomplishments of 
Jesse Owens are without parallel in Olym- 
pic history. 

Berlin, 193 6, and Jesse Owens can never 
be forgotten and the achievements of Owens 
remain as vividly alive today as they were 
44 years ago in the 1936 Olympiad. 

Approximately one year earlier on May 
25, 1935, at Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 
slender bolt of lightning clad in the scarlet 
and gray of Ohio State University, burst 
onto the scene with what was probably the 
greatest individual performance in the his- 
tory of all sports. 

Yet Jesse Owens was a modest, un- 
assuming man whose philosophy of life was 
to help others along the way. And help 
others he did. During his entire lifetime. 

He also fought and conquered obstacles 
that do not exist for the rich sports heroes 
of today and overcame those barriers with 
the same intestinal fortitude that carried 
him to amazing triumphs in Ann Arbor and 
Berlin in 1935 and 1936. 

This writer was covering sports in 
Grand Rapids when word flashed over the 
Associated Press wires that an Ohio State 
sophomore named Owens had shattered 
three world records and tied another in the 
Big Ten track and field meet at Ann Arbor 
hosted by the University of Michigan. It 
all happened in less than one hour, but its 
impact was d3Tiamite in the world of 
athletic competition. 


Coaches Charles Hoyt of Michigan and 
Larry Snyder of Ohio State expressed ab- 
solute amazement at the performance of 
the sophomore from Cleveland that after- 

First Owens flew to victory in the 100- 
yard dash in 9.4 seconds, tying the world 
record. Bi the running broad jump, he 
leaped 26 feet, 8 and one quaiier inches, 
another world record. 

Then in the 220-yard dash on a straight- 
away course, Owens flashed home in 20,3 
seconds, breaking the old world record by 
three-tenths of a second. 

Wrapping up his sensational day, Owens 
scampered over the 220-yard low hurdles 
in 22.6 seconds, another world record, over 
the straightaway course (this event is no 
longer contested). His time in the hurdles 
was two-fifths of a second faster than the 
previous record. 

All tliose Big Ten records still stand. 
This was the preview of what the world 
would see in Berlin the following year as 
stunned Nazi leaders and 125,000 spectators 
looked on in the huge Olympic Stadium. 

Jesse Owens captured three individual 
events— the 100-meter dash in 10.2 seconds, 
breaking both the Olympic and world rec- 
ord, but it was disallowed because of a 
wind behind his back; the 200 meters in 
20.7 seconds, a world record around a 
turn; then broad jumping over 26 feet for 
the first time in Olympic history — another 
record — and was the lead-off runner for 
America's winning 400-meter relay team, 
which also set a new Olympic and world 

Jesse Owens took home four gold medals 
that day from Berlin and that performance 
livesonasif it had happened only yesterday. 

For a great part of his life, Owens 

called Chicago homco In 1972, he moved 
to Arizona to build a successful public 
relations business. 

He had done almost everything in the 
way of jobs— from serving as a road rep- 
resentative of the Harlem Globetrotters to 
employment as a radio disc jockey and 
promoting Black baseball. 

Ernie Banks, the man they call Mr. Cub, 
and himself a product of the Black baseball 
leagues, recalls his long-standing friend- 
ship with Owens : 

"Jesse was a true friend, a great per- 
son. I knew him for a long time and I am 
proud to have been a lifelong friend of a 
man I consider to be the greatest athlete I 
have ever known." 

A fitting tribute indeed from Ernie 
Banks, recently enshrined at Cooperstown 
as one of the greatest shortstops in the 
history of major league baseball. 

In Columbus, Ohio, Governor James 
Rhodes praised Owens as "the greatest 
sports figure of our time." It was from a 
Cleveland high school that Owens went to 
Ohio State. 

The Olympic mile runner from Kansas, 
Glenn Cunningham, was a teammate of 
Owens on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. 
Cunningham's words of tribute to Owens 
are particularly significant. He said: 

"Jesse always tried to help others. He 
was a down-to-earth person, genuine in 
every way." 

And to those of us who have had the 
privilege of knowir^ Jesse Owens and all 
the things he stood for, there is a imani- 
mous consensus that he was a champion of 
champions in every sense of the word, not 
only in track and field but in the game of 
life as well. 

He was a man. 

Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employes re- 
ceiving commendations recently were: 

Mohammed Ajami, Manuel Alvarez, and 
Willie Arrington, all of North Park; Ed- 
ward Anderson, Howard/Kimball; John An- 
derson, West Section; and Josephine An- 
derson, North Section. 

John Banks Jr., North Avenue; Guido 
Barrera, North Park; Sadie Brooks, Ar- 
cher; and Robbie Brown, Limits. 

John Cameron, Ashland Terminal; Ray 
Clark, Lawndale; and Marcellus Cortez, 
District D. 

George Davenport, 77th Street; Arthur 
DeLuna and Jose Diaz Jr., both of North 
Avenue; and Wilfred Dupree, North Park. 

Helen Edwards, North Section. 

James Fitzgerald, Limits; and Salvador 
Flores and Pauline Fry, both of North 

Luis Garcia and Wallacene Good, both 
of Forest Glen; James Gardner, North 
Park; Johney Glnes Jr. and Jerry Green, 

both of North Avenue; and George Gray and 
Terrence Griffin, both of Archer. 

John Harris, Lawndale; Chester Har- 
ris, Walter Harris, and Carolyn Hawthorn, 
all of North Park; and Michael Holtzclaw, 
77th Street. 

Carolyn Ivory, North Park. 

Davis Jackson and Mary Jerry, both of 
Limits; Willie James, North Park; and 
Billie Jones, 77th Street. 

Edward Kaminski, Archer. 

William Lemke, Forest Glen. 

Michael Maddox, Limits; Marvin Mar- 
shall, Forest Park; Adolph Marth, Edgar 
MoUinedo, and Leonard Morris, all of 
North Park; Alfredo Mascorro, Carol 
Miles, and Lura Mlnter, all of North Ave- 
nue; Paul Michaels, Archer; Earl Miles, 
Lawndale; and Howard Monroe, Beverly. 

Kevin O' Flaherty, Forest Park. 

France sea Pancewiecz, North Section; 
and Charles Peterson, 77th Street. 

William Ramos, Alice Richman, and 

Curtis Rogers, all of North Park; Willie 
Rochelle, 69th Street; and John Ross, 77th 

Diego Santos-Rios, North Avenue; My- 
lon Simpson, 69th Street; Tuesday Simpson 
and Comelio Soto, both of Limits; Peter 
Smith, 77th Street; Willie Smith and Mitch- 
ell Szalwa, both of Forest Glen; James 
Starkman, North Park; and Nathaniel Ste- 
vens Jr., 52nd Street. 

Eugene Taylor, Forest Park; and Wil- 
bur Theise, Robert Thomas, and Donald 
Trenda, all of North Park. 

Efrain Villarreal, Howard/Kimball; and 
Frank Viola, North Park. 

Willie Walker, Archer; eleven Wardlow, 
Darold Wardlow, and Leon White, all of 
Limits; and William Wittstock, 69th Street. 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen; 
Charles Yoimg, Forest Park; and Preston 
Young Jr., 69th Street. 

Denice Zillender, 69th Street. 

APRIL, 1980 

Matthew Coyle 

Frank Venezia 

George Haenisch 

Terrence McGuigan 

Walter Thomas 


Four major reassignments have been 
made in Vehicle Maintenance. Matthew 
Coyle, former supervisor. Rail Vehicle 
Shops, has been appointed superintendent. 
Rail Vehicle Terminals. Coyle, a 30-year 
CTA veteran, began his career in Mainte- 
nance as a car cleaner and repairer. He 
was selected terminal instructor in 1964 
and assistant foreman, Congress, in 1966. 
In 1969 he became terminal foreman, Dan 
Ryan, and, in 1975, imit supervisor. 
Terminals. Coyle and his wife, Mary 
Elizabeth, have t\vo sons and a daughter, 
and live in the Clearing neighborhood on 
the Southwest Side. 

George Haenisch, supervisor. Bus Shops, 
since 1977, has been named superintendent. 
Rail Vehicle Shops. After starting with 
CTA as a graduate trainee in 1970, Hae- 
nisch was chosen technical services en- 
gineer in 1972 and Methods/Standards 
technician the following year. In 1974 he 
was promoted to superintendent. Methods/ 
Standards. Haenisch and his wife, Arline, 
make their home in Elmhurst with their 
daughter and son. 

Terrence McGuigan, Maintenance Sys- 
tems coordinator for the past two years, 
has become superintendent. Bus Garages. 
McGuigan started with CTA as a bus clean- 
er at Limits in 1962. A year later he was 
chosen bus repairer, and. In 1967, garage 
instructor. In 1969 he served as p.m. fore- 
man at 52nd Street and at North Park be- 
fore being named assistant foreman at 69th 
Street the following year. He was selected 
unit supervisor. Bus Garages, in 1975, and 
unit supervisor. Vehicle Maintenance Shops, 
in 1977. McGuigan, his wife, Karen, and 
their daughter live in the Edison Park 
neighborhood on the Northwest Side. 

Frank Venezia, who worked two sum- 
mers as an engineer trainee before joining 
CTA permanently as a student engineer in 
1967, has been appointed superintendent. 
Bus Shops. He was selected development 
engineer in 1968 and technical services 
engineer in 1970 before becoming equip- 
ment engineer in 1971, He had been su- 
perintendent. Vehicle and Industrial De- 
sign, since 1974. Venezia and his wife. 

Mary, are the parents of twin sons and a 
daughter, and make their home in Downers 

Walter Thomas has been appointed 
director of Schedules, Operations Plan- 
ning. Thomas, currently the second most 
senior CTA employe, became a traffic 
checker with the Chicago Surface Lines in 
1935. In 1951 he was named assistant to 
the superintendent. Schedules, and. In 1958, 
statistical analyst. He was selected 
schedule maker in 1963 and assistant su- 
perintendent. Schedule Making, in 1972, 
before being chosen superintendent. Sched- 
ules Preparation in 1974. Thomas and his 
wife, Freda, have a son and a daughter and 
live in Libertyville. 

Norman Oswald, supervisor. Schedule 
Processing, since 1976, has been named 
superintendent. Schedules Preparation. 
Oswald started with CTA as a graduate 
trainee in 1962 and became statistical as- 
sistant. Schedules, four years later. Be- 
ginning in 1970 he served for two years as 
a traffic analyst. Research and Planning, 
before returning to Schedules as a schedule 
maker. Oswald and his wife, Kathleen, live 
in Addison with a son and two daughters. 

David Martin, superintendent. Rail 
South, since 1978, has been appointed area 
superintendent. Near North, Transporta- 
tion. Martin started with CTA as an extra 
guard in 1960, became a motorman the 
following year, and was named traffic su- 
pervisor and instructor in 1969. He was 
selected line supervisor in 1971, relief 
station superintendent in 1973, and as- 
sistant superintendent two years later. 
Martin, his wife, Evelyn, and their two 
sons live in the Brainerd neighborhood on 
the South Side. 

Ardis Morris is the new superintendent, 
95tli Street. He joined CTA as an extra 
guard in 1952, becoming a motorman the 
next year. He was chosen yard foreman in 
1959 and traffic supervisor in 1968, before 
being named an instructor the following 
year. He was promoted to assistant sta- 
tion superintendent. Forest Park, in 1974, 
and was reassigned to Ashland in 1978. 
Morris and his wife, Eugenia, make their 
home in Avalon Park, on the South Side, 
with their son Phillip, a part-time ticket 
agent. South Section, and a daughter. 

Sylvia. Another son, Ardis m, is a clerk. 
South Section, and his wife, Betty, is an 
agent instructor. 

Michael Lacriola, the new superintend- 
ent at Limits, joined the Surface Lines in 
1947 as a streetcar conductor at Noble„ 
He became a traffic supervisor in 1967, 
and an instructor in 1971. Lacriola was 
promoted to assistant superintendent, 
Kedzie, in 1974, and was reassigned to 
North Avenue three years later. He and 
his wife, Jean, live in the Jefferson Park 
area on the Northwest Side with their 
daughter, Doreen, a typist in the Public 
Affairs Department. 

Victor Johnson, former supervisor. 
Data Processing and Inventory Operations, 
is now superintendent. Data Processing/ 
Office Administration, Materials Manage- 
ment. Johnson joined CTA as a file clerk. 
Job Classification, in 1962. Two years 
later he was named accoimting records 
clerk, and, in 1966, programmer. Stores. 
He became a systems analyst in 1971, and 
unit supervisor. Stores, in 1975. Johnson 
and his wife, Shirley, make their home in 
Mundelein with two sons and a daughter. 

Other changes in Materials Management 
include the promotion of Edward Deles, 
former instructor, to imit supervisor. 
Records & Training, and the addition of 
responsibilities for James Diasio as unit 
supervisor. Computer Systems & Pro- 

In other job reassignments, Patricia 
Mansker, former utility clerk, Law/Claims, 
has been selected confidential office as- 
sistant. Labor Relations. Tessa Gaines, 
former assignment agent. Transportation, 
has been appointed management/profes- 
sional intern in the same department. Don- 
na Pasquesi, former balance clerk, Finan- 
cial Services, has been named systems 
analyst, Datacenter. 

In Transportation, Isaac Mathews, for- 
mer switchman. West Section, has been 
chosen yard foreman in the same location. 
Four former bus drivers now serving as 
traffic checkers. Operations Planning, 
include: Artlmr Joe, 69th Street; John 
Theus Jr., 77th Street; Jerald Denham and 
Paul Daniels, Archer. 

Selected bus and truck mechanics. South 
Shops, from within Velilcle Maintenance 


i. ^ 

David Martin 

Normal Oswald 

Ardis Morris 

Victor Johnson 

Michael Lacriola 

are: Levell Stewart, former bus and truck 
mechanic helper at the same location; 
Thomas Borsellino, former bus repairer, 
Archer; George Hollendoner Sr., former 
tire repairer. Archer; and William Jacob, 
former bus repairer, 77th Street. 

Also at South Shops, Edward Pruitt has 
moved from traveling material handler to 
bus and truck mechanic helper, William 
Sears has been promoted from bus handler 
to shop inspector, and William Jennings, 
former driver, 77th Street, has become 
shop tractor operator. Elsewhere in 
Vehicle Maintenance, former bus repairer 
Dwayne Bose has been chosen car repairer. 


In Plant Maintenance, David Wilson has 
been reassigned from communication tech- 
nician to testing engineer, while Robert 
Boness has moved from laborer to building 
inspector. In new positions as escalator 
servicemen. Training Program, are Ken- 
neth Bohn, former electrical worker, Sko- 
Ide Shop, and Andre Bukowski, former car 
repairer, Harlem. 

Also in Plant Maintenance, Sidney Ed- 
wards, former service truck chauffeur, 
Transportation-Utility, has become iron- 
worker helper; Junious Elder, former 
South Section conductor, has been selected 

boiler maintenance man; and Alton Flowers, 
former driver, 77th Street, has been chosen 
"B" helper. 

Martha Brister, former ticket agent. 
West Section, is now clerk/dispatcher. 
Plant Maintenance. Donald Thicklin, for- 
mer piincipal mail clerk. Management 
Services, has been reassigned money 
handler. Treasury. Simmons Gibson, for- 
mer driver, 77th Street, is now special 
mail delivery clerk. Management Services. 
Lita Causey, former production record 
clerk. Vehicle Maintenance- Production/ 
Supply Control, has been named road clerk. 
Transportation- Utility. 

TABEC instructor training graduates 

Nine trainees have successfully com- 
pleted the 40 hour TABEC Instructor 
Training Program. They will soon be pre- 
senting new maintenance programs to 
garage and terminal personnel. This is 

the first Instructor Training course to be 
opened to all CTA employes. 

The new graduates are: Richard Ca- 
cini, station clerk; Michael Dain, bus re- 
pairer; James Fiedler, car repairer; 

Willie Fountain, bus repairer; Eddie Gil- 
lis, switchman; Murray Johnson, car re- 
pairer; Eddie Richards, stock clerk; Jack 
Thompson, bus operator, and Timothy 
Wester, car repairer. 

Smiling faces at the TABEC graduation are: (Back row) Charles Town- 
send, training specialist; Gillis; Stu Maginnis, director. Support Services; 
Wester; Fiedler; Cacini; Richard Traversa, training coordinator; Thompson 

and George Greco, training specialist. (Front row) Dain; Johnson; 
Richards and Gordon Maly, TABEC unit supervisor. 

APRIL, 1980 

safety awards 

The Maintenance Department's quarterly safety 
award in Vehicle Maintenance competition is called 
ZAP, for Zero Accident Program, and never before 
have so many maintenance employes taken the theme 
so literally as during the fourth quarter of 1979. At 
four rail terminal shops and one garage there were 
zero accidents reported during the entire quarter — a 
record for first-place ties. 

Winners among rail shops were Harlem, 54th Ave- 
nue, Howard/Linden, and 61st/Racine. The accident- 
free garage was 52nd Street. North Park also won a 
ZAP award for having the lowest accident frequency 
rate among garages in terms of the number of man- 
hours worked. Second place awards were won by 
Beverly garage and 98th Street shop. 

Surrounding Unit Overhaul supervisor Richard Lorimer (holding plaque) 
at Skokie Shop are gift certificate winners (left to right): Muzio Ficarella, 
Gary Wilson, Lorimer, Ranchod Patel, Norman Chylinski, and Paul Pryor, 
Jr., all electrical workers; Donald Ruroede, shopman; and Anello 
Digianfilippo, final assembler. 

Assistant foreman Johnnie Henderson shows ZAP award won by Howard 
The night crew at 52nd Street was recognized for its role in winning ZAP shop crew at ceremony attended by Robert Flowers, area superintendent, 
award held by Frank Brown, relief foreman (kneeling, left). At far right Rail Vehicle Maintenance (right of Henderson) and Larry Monaghan, 
is Wes Morris, unit supervisor. Garages. supervisor. Rail Vehicle Terminals, South (right of Flowers). 

Members of the day crew at 52nd Street gathered to celebrate their ZAP award with the person in 
charge of keeping the buses running - - Burnett Henderson, garage superintendent (in tie next to bus). 



Another ZAP victory was celebrated 
at 54th Avenue shop, where foreman 
John Molloy (holding award) and his 
crew were congratulated by Robert 
Flowers, area superintendent. Rail 
Vehicle Maintenance (in dark suit). 

Spread out alongside a "Big Bend" bus, North Park maintenance people O'Connor, foreman, holds In front of Bill Scott, unit supervisor. Garages 
show their pleasure over winning the ZAP safety award, which Phil (with tie). 

Above: A few moments of relaxation and reflec- 
tion are enjoyed by members of the Unit Rebuild 
crew who won the quarterly safety award in com- 
petition with other units at South Shops. 

Left, above: Foreman Sheldon Rita displays 
ZAP award won by Harlem shop for the fourth 
quarter of 1979 in front of the group that made 
it possible. 

Left: Foreman Leon Fields (left, holding award) 
takes part in award ceremonies at 61st Street shop 
with a group that includes Matt Coyle, super- 
intendent. Rail Vehicle Terminals (left of Fields), 
and Henry Dickerson, unit supervisor (left of 
Coyle). Behind Fields is Stu Maginnis, director. 
Support Services, Maintenance. 

APRIL, 1980 


Russell Gunderson 

Russell Gunderson, chief clerk at Forest Glen 
garage since 1974, retired April 1 after more than 44 
years with CTA and the Chicago Surface Lines, 
Kedzie, Lincoln, Division, and Devon, as well as Lawn- 
dale, Limits, and North Avenue were among the sta- 
tions he served as clerk longer than any current CTA 

Gunderson joined the Surface Lines in 1935 after 
attending Central "Y" and Northwestern University, 
where he received a bachelor of science degree. 
"When I started, we were working seven days a week, 
10 hours a day. We made $125 a month, but in those 
days you were glad just to have a job," he said, 

"Fvebeen busy all my life, so I'm sure I'll be doing 
something," Gunderson said about his future plans at 
his retirement party March 31 at Forest Glen, He ex- 
pects to do some wo]± around his home in Norwood 
Park, on the Northwest Side, and at hiswife's family's 
home in Grayslake, where he keeps a boat. Later on, 
there will be some traveling, and in the meantime, the 
Shrine Arab Patrol Marching Unit vrtll keep him in step. 

Gunderson and his wife, Orrel, have two sons. 
Randy and Bruce, and a granddaughter. Holly, 

Right: In a more formal setting at the Mart, Russell Gunderson holds 
the retirement packet he received from Harry Reddrick Jr. (right), 
director, Personnel, Transportation, while Alex Johnson (left), area 
superintendent. Central, and Joseph Vodvarka, superintendent. Ad- 
ministration, offer their best wishes. 

Top: Corned beef sandwiches, pickles, and a cake with his ever-present 
cigar baked in were shared at Russell Gunderson's retirement party by 
(left to right): Sam Girard, the new chief clerk at Forest Glen; 
Gunderson; and clerks Bernard Mazalewski and Larry Miller. 

Jacob Sumner 

Jacob "Jake" Sumner, schedule 
maker, Schedules department, 
ended his 43-year career in public 
transit on March 31 at a retire- 
ment party in his honor, 

Sumner beganhis career in 1937 
as a mail clerk with the Chicago 
Surface Lines, a predecessor com- 
pany to the CTA. 

He was feted by about 50 friends 
and co-workers at a luncheon in 
the M&M Club in the Merchandise 

Taking part in the program were 
Harold Geissenheimer, General 
Operations Manager, Harry 
Hirsch, manager. Operations 
Planning, and Walter Thomas, 
director, Schedules department, 

Sumner's friends and co- 
workers presented him with a 
fishing rod and reel as a farewell 
gift. He plans to continue residing 
in Westchester and do some 

Right: Jacob "Jake" Sumner (right) accepts 
retirement wallet from Walter Thomas, 
director. Schedules Department. Sumner 
ended a 43-year career in public transit 
as a schedule maker. He was honored at a 
retirement party in the M&M Club. 

Below: Jacob Sumner (center) is flanked 
on the left by his son, Steven and Steven's 
wife, Barbara, and Mrs. Jan Sumner. On 
the right of Sumner are his sons Brian 
and Donald. 




Joseph Karel 

Nearly 60 persons helped 
Joseph Karel celebrate his re- 
tirement after 37 years with the 
CTA and the Chicago Surface 
Lines, a predecessor company to 
the CTA. Karel was a statistician 
in the Schedules section. . 

The informal party was held 
February 29 in the Schedules sec- 
tion of the Operations Planning 
department. Friends of Karel 
gave him a "green" gift of money 
for use in his greenhouse opera- 

Walter Thomas, director. 
Schedules, presented Karel with a 
retirement wallet. 

Karel began his transit career 
as a traffic checker with the CSL 
in 1942. He was promoted to 
traffic clerk in 1945, schedules 
clerk in 1950, and statistician in 

Karel and his wife, Alice, have 
three children. They live in West- 
mont where Karel is in the com- 
mercial greenhouse business. 

Joseph Karel (right) is congratulated on his retirement by Walter Thomas, director. Schedules 
section. Operations Planning department. Karel ended a 37-year transit career with the CTA 
and the Chicago Surface Lines. 

James Madden 

James Madden, personnel in- 
vestigator, Security department, 
celebrated his retirement after 11 
years with the CTA at a party in 
his honor February 29 in the Se- 
curity department's headquarters. 

Fifty-five persons attended the 
informal affair where Raleigh 
Mathis, manager. Security, pre- 
sented Madden with a retirement 

Friends of Madden presented 
him with a $100 U.S. Savings Bond 
as a farewell gift. 

Madden' s wife, Joyce, attended 
the party. Madden said he plans 
to stay in Chicago for awhile be- 
fore doing some traveling. The 
Maddens live in the Woodlawn 




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James Madden (2nd from right) accepts retirement wallet from Raleigh Mathis, manager. Security, 
at retirement party honoring Madden. At left is Thomas Biebel, superintendent. Investigations 
Inspection; at right is Earl McGhee, area superintendent. Security Department. 

APRIL, 1980 



Eileen Neurauter 

Mrs. Eileen (Big Murph) Neurauter, 
customer service representative in the 
Public Affairs department, retired April 1 
ending her 36-year career in public transit. 

'Tm going out in style, honey," Murph 
shouted over the din of the 250 persons at- 
tending the open house held in her honor on 
March 19 in the Public Affairs depart- 
ment's conference room. 

George Krambles, executive director, 
representing Murph's many friends, pre- 
sented the towering "Culture Bus Queen" 
with a cash gift. Muiph also received a 
toy Koala bear with a baby Koala bear cub 
on its back ("I've always had a fondness 
for toy bears," Murph confessed) and a 
brick from Englewood High school, Murph's 
alma mater. 

Murph began her public transit career 
in 1943 as a ticket agent with the Chicago 
Rapid Transit company. A year later she 
became an Accounting department clerk, a 
job she held until 1969 when she became a 
customer service representative. 

We don't know what Eileen (Murph) Neurauter (center) said, but it really brought a hearty laugh 
from Executive Director George Krambles (left), and Chairman Eugene M. Barnes at her retirement 
party, March 19. 

Murph, whose late husband, Rudy Neu- 
rauter, was a CTA bus driver, lives in 
Harwood Heights. 

"Don't expect to find meat home, honey. 
I've put on my traveling shoes and I'll be 
on the move," Murph annoimced. 

George B. Siler 

Friends and co-workers attended a retirement "open house" 
for Dr. George B. Siler, director. Medical depaitoient, on April 
1 in the Placement department. Dr. Siler retired after being with 
the CTA for eight years. 

He and his wife, Lois, plan to share their time between their 
home in Homewood and their vacation home in central Wisconsin. 

SUer and his wife have four daughters. Two are Beloit (Wis.) 
college students; the other two live in the northwest suburbs. 

He joined the CTA after serving 21 years as plant physician 
at the Standard Oil company refinery in Whiting, Ind, 

SUer is a 1944 graduate of the Northwestern University 
medical school. 

Top: On hand to share in the festivities and wish Dr. George Siler a 
happy retirement were, left to right: Mike Stroden, Eriinda Lapid, R.N., 
Dr. Siler and his wife, Lois, Brenda Alston, Kay Smith, Michele Hawkins, 
Beverly Jackson and Earl Boyd. 

Bottom: Executive Director George Krambles presents Dr. Siler with 
his retirement portfolio. 




JOINING THE ranks of the retired on April 1 
were the two employes pictured below who had 
more than 40 years of service each with CTA 
and its predecessor companies. 


44 Years 

JOHN CHOLLY, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 8-11-47 

West Shops, Emp. 5-5-47 
BASIL DUKE, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 3-6-67 
PAUL FIDANZE, Supervisor, 

Security, Emp. 12-30-42 

Forest Glen, Emp. 7-10-35 
GEORGE KRAMBLES, Executive Director, 

Executive, Emp. 2-3-37 

Lawndale, Emp. 10-21-42 

Financial Services, Emp. 11-18-74 
JOSEPH MOLLO, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1-11-43 
EILEEN J. NEURAUTER, Cust. Serv. Rep., 

Public Affairs, Emp. 10-12-43 
JOHN NEWMAN, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 5-28-46 
GEORGE SILER, Medical Director, 

Medical, Emp. 11-22-71 

69th Street, Emp. 12-6-45 
JACOB SUMNER, Schedule Maker, 

Schedules, Emp. 6-15-37 

West Shops, Emp. 10-10-45 

West Shops, Emp. 4-3-47 
JOSEPH VASA, Mobile Bus Repairman, 

77th Street, Emp. 3-21-49 


MICHAEL JULA, Bus Repairer, 
77th Street, Emp. 9-11-46 

West Shops, Emp. 7-3-68 

PIETRO ACCETTURA, 79, Engineering, 

Emp. 5-12-43, Died 2-7-80 

BENJAMIN AMSTERDAM, 87, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-20-13, Died 2-7-80 
JOHN ANDERSON, 88, Devon, 

Emp. 12-30-19, Died 2-27-80 
JOHN BERCK, 83, West Section, 

Emp. 12-2-20, Died 2-25-80 
NORA BROWN, 72, North Section, 

Emp. 10-17-53, Died 2-4-80 
GEORGE BURNS, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-3-45, Died 2-3-80 
HENRY CARTER, 63, 61st Street, 

Emp. 11-7-53, Died 2-22-80 
SAMUEL CASELMAN, 66, Campaign Area, 

Emp. 10-8-45, Died 1-26-80 
RAYMOND DAVIDSON, 65, South Shops, 

Emp. 4-28-42, Died 2-15-80 
EDWARD DEVTNE, 73, Purchasing, 

Emp. 6-5-20, Died 2-14-80 
FRANK DISCH, 68, Public Affairs, 

Emp. 4-3-36, Died 2-26-80 
PAUL DRAFZ, 87, Electrical, 

Emp. 4-12-09, Died 2-26-80 
ALBERT EVERS, 69, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-14-41, Died 2-13-80 
PRYDE FIELDS, 71, South Section, 

Emp. 3-13-47, Died 2-17-80 
EDWARD FISCHER, 77, North Avenue, 

Emp. 10-1-28, Died 2-14-80 
CARL FROOM, 86, Limits, 

Emp. 4-23-29, Died 2-19-80 

ROBERT HACKBARTH, 63, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-21-36, Died 2-4-80 
RICHARD HALLIGAN, 72, North Park, 

Emp. 4-22-29, Died 2-15-80 

Emp. 9-21-72, Died 3-20-80 

Emp. 9-3-42, Died 2-27-80 
JOHN MORLEY, 87, South Section, 

Emp. 5-16-17, Died 2-26-80 
FRANK MUCYNSKI, 80, Archer, 

Emp. 1-9-29, Died 2-5-80 

Emp. 5-21-26, Died 2-5-80 
JOSEPH MURPHY, 74, North Park, 

Emp. 12-7-28, Died 2-26-80 

Emp. 2-16-43, Died 2-25-80 
HERMAN OLSON, 76, West Section, 

Emp. 2-6-43, Died 2-23-80 
JESSE PEAK, 47, Maintenance, 

Emp. 11-26-73, Died 3-23-80 
LEO PORTER, 58, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 3-19-53, Died 3-7-80 
JOHN REGAN, 92, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-2-11, Died 2-27-80 
FLOYD SCHRIEBER, 68, South Section, 

Emp. 8-6-66, Died 2-25-80 
WILLIAM SUSKE, 81, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-17-27, Died 2-3-80 
OLLIE THOMAS, Sr., 60, West Shops, 

Emp. 10-24-72, Died 2-8-80 
PHILLIP WINNICK, 66, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 10-27-48, Died 2-11-80 

in April 

35 years 

F. W. Koziol, North Park 

30 years 

D. M. Allen, 69th Street 
M. Cumberlander, Utility 
M. J. Fabian, SI<ol<ie Shop 
C. J. Frassico, Forest Glen 
P. J.O'Sullivan, District D 
M. Porter, 77th Street 
A. Sonju, Forest Glen 
T. M. Szewc, Electrical 
R. E.Williams, Electrical 

25 years 

J. C. Johnson, Instruction 

H. S. Malczewski, North Avenue 

H. A. Piercy, North Park 

E. Williams, Beverly 

J. W. Woodson, Instruction 

While vacationing recently at a friend's home in 
Sun City, Arizona, Russ Warnstedt (left). Sug- 
gestion Plan (75), discovered that an old friend 
and former CTA employe now retired, George 
Benshish, Internal Auditing (75), lived only 
three blocks away. George and Russ had a 
grand old time reminiscing about the "good old 
days." George said he had been visited by two 
other CTA retirees -John Gritis, Duplicating 
(78), and Garr Francis, Photographic (73). 
George says he would enjoy hearing from all 
his CTA friends. 


Number 4 

Volume 33 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA. 
Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 
Department: Bill Baxa, Acting Manager; Staff, Mel 
Alexander, Christine Borcic, Kathy Byrne, Jack 
Sowchin, Jeff Stern. Produced by the Adminis- 
trative Services Unit under the direction of Charles 
T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NBNS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

APRIL, 1980 



for the June issue of TRANSIT NEWS: 

Pictures of high school or college students 
graduating in 1980 who are sons or 
daughters of CTA employees. 

All pictures must be taken by a profes- 
sional photographer and MUST be wallet 
size. On the back of the picture, please 
provide the student's full name and school 
as well as the employee's name and work 
location. Pictures will be returned. 

Please submit pictures to: CTA TRANSIT 
NEWS, Merchandise Mart, Room 742, 
Chicago, I L 60654. 
Deadline for Pictures - May 16, 1980 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO, 8021 




Building a 
under the 'L 

There's a lot of concrete at the Cabrini-Green 
housing project on the near north side. There are 
also a lot of children who need more than concrete 
and asphalt to play vipon. Living in this highly popu- 
lated area, many of the children think of trees and 
grass as things that only grow on television. 

Yet, tucked tmdemeath the 'L' tracks between 
Evergreen and Goethe is the beginning of a little 
oasis of green that some children are developing for 

The CTA is playing a role in this project by leasing 
the property underneath the right-of-way to the 
children, ages 4 to 14, A "yard and garden" permit 
has been issued, so now the area that the children 
have worked so hard to develop will legally be theirs 
for the duration of the lease. 

This area, when completed, will be a picnic ground 
and play area adjacent to a tennis court that the 
children have already built. 

These youngsters are all members of the Cabrini- 
Green Community Sandlot Tennis Club. The club 
spent much of last summer and fall cleaning out the 
trash from imdemeath the 'L' structure. They re- 
moved old tree stumps, branches, garbage; raked and 
planted grass seeds. In all, over 60 tons of trash was 
removed from the block long area. 

The children have already painted the fence adja- 
cent to their new picnic area. The club's president. 
Captain Joseph Owen, in whose name the property will 
be leased, says the children are eagerly awaiting 
warm weather so that they can install picnic tables, 
touch up their pauit job, and cut the grass. 

(continued on page 2) 

Top: As a Ravenswood train passes overhead, some children paint, 
others play tennis on a court they built last year. 

Middle: These two little girls seem to be enjoying their work. 

Bottom: Spring Clean Up? Actually, this is just a touch-up. The 
children cleared away 60 tons of rubbish last Autumn. 

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\^ liWl MAY, 1980 

Above: Captain Owen and Merrltt Kotin, director, Keal 
Estate, discuss underthe-'L'-improvements. 

Right: Just before they got to work, Captain Owen and 
members of the Cabrini-Green Community Sandlot Tennis 
Club posed for a picture. 

This community improvement project began in 1973 
when Captain Owen's newsboy expressed an interest 
in tennis, but had nowhere to play. Owen, a Director- 
Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and a re- 
tired Army Lt. Colonel, not only gave lessons to the 
newsboy and his friends, but taught them how to build 
tennis courts from donated concrete and sando 

Children gathered around Owen and his little 
helpers, more out of curiosity than any interest in 
tennis, but soon they joined the project and the club 
was bom. Today, many large corporations, more 
affluent tennis clubs, and individuals donate cash, 
paint, and tennis supplies. 

Owen's tennis technique concentrates on learning 
to control the spin of the ball, and he designed tiny 
rackets for the smaller children. Rackets are given 
to all club members^ 

"Dues" for membership are "cleaning up; painting 
up; fixing up; and passing five spin-the-ball tests." 
While the club's main purpose is to provide good, 
clean, constructive fim, it also keeps the children 
occupied and out of trouble, while instilling a sense 
of pride and accomplishment. Some of the youngsters 
involved have gone on to college, often joining tennis 
teams there. 

The Cabrini group hopes to expand their imder the 
' L' improvement this summer. The cliildren are 
willing to put in the effort to bviild another play area. 
In fact, they almost seem to enjoy building the sites 
more than playing on them ! 

Owen received the Chicago Sun-Times Thomas 
Jefferson Award this year, and the Robert F. Kennedy 
Ripple of Hope award in 1978 for his tennis program. 
He has also organized tennis, art, and music festivals 
in all of the Cabrini area schools. Often in his imi- 
form (Public Health Service Officers wear Navyimi- 
forms), more than one child has confused him with the 
captain of the Love Boat. 

Middle: With one big reach, youngster puts the finishing touch on his 
paint job. 

Bottom: Youngsters brighten the 'L' structure with a fresh coat of 
green paint. 

The success of the program is attributed to the 
fact that the children do everything themselves, and 
regard the results as their own property. Since the 
first year of the club, there has been very little 

This summer, as the Ravenswood train nunbles 
overhead, the yoimgsters of the Cabrini-Green public 
housing property will have a tiny piece of the country 
to picnic and play upon, just a little green space that 
tiny children have worked hard to build for themselves. 


Ms. Joby H. Berman was appointed 
manager of the External Affairs Division 
of the CTA, effective May 1, by Eugene M. 
Barnes, CTA chairman. Ms. Berman for- 
merly was the director of the Division of 
Public Transportation of the Illinois De- 
partment of Transportation. 

The new Division of External Affairs is 
being created to focus on the consumer 
perspective and highlight the CTA's con- 
cerns for its users. An aggressive mar- 
keting program will be established to 
match consumer needs with transit ser- 

"The mission of the External Affairs 
Division is to ensure that consumer needs 
and interests are adequately addressed and 
acted upon," said Barnes. "One of my 
goals since coming to the CTA as chair- 
man has been to be more responsive to the 
needs and suggestions of our riders. 

"We are placing strong emphasis on 
consumer affairs and elevating its activities 
to the department level. Ms. Berman, the 
division manager, will report directly to 
me," added Barnes. 

"Ms. Berman brings to the CTA ex- 
pertise in the public transit field. We are 
happy that she is joining the CTA team," 
said Barnes. 

As part of the organization of the Ex- 
ternal Affairs Division, William Baxa was 
named manager of the Public Affairs De- 

Under the External Affairs Division are 
three departments — Consumer Affairs, 
Public Affairs, and Marketing. 

Consumer Affairs 

A new department has been established 
dealing with community and customer re- 
lations. This department will promote CTA 
In the neighborhoods and with special user 
markets by creating advocacy roles with 
neighborhood organizations, students, sen- 
ior citizens, and the handicapped. Activi- 
ties will include the expansion of the sales 

Ms. Joby H. Berman 
appointed manager of 
External Affairs Division 

Bill Baxa named 
manager of Public Affairs 

Joby H. Berman 

of special fare passes and other consumer 
revenue promotions and broaden and im- 
prove transit information to the riding 

Public Affairs 

This department will coordinate media 
relations with the press, radio and tele- 
vision on all matters dealing with the CTA. 
There will be a publications section to 
oversee the monthly employe newspaper, 
maps, and otlier special interest informa- 


A new department has been created 
which will be responsible for market re- 
search, service development, advertising, 
and promotion. This department has yet 
to be developed. 

Ms. Berman comes to the CTA after 
having been associated with the Illinois 
Department of Transportation as director 
of the Division of Public Transportation 
for seven years. 

In that capacity, she was responsible 
for planning, developing, coordinating, and 
implementing all of the state's transit 

Major accomplishments included in- 
volvement in the creation of the Regional 
Transportation Authority, obtaining operat- 
ing subsidies for all Illinois transit car- 
riers, and she was a member of the nego- 
tiating team that settled the five-year dis- 
pute regarding the Chicago Crosstown Ex- 

From 1965 to 1971, Ms. Berman was a 
city planner with the Chicago Committee 
for Economic and Cultural Development. 
In that capacity, she developed and managed 
the first federally-funded public transpor- 
tation demonstration project in Chicago 
which was the CTA's O'Hare Express bus 
service between the Jefferson Park rapid 
transit terminal and the airport. 

William Baxa 

Ms. Berman has a degree in sociology 
from the University of Michigan at Ann 
Arbor, and also has studied at Stanford 
University, and Carnegie- Mellon Univer- 

Ms. Berman holds memberships in the 
American Association of State Highway and 
Transportation Officials, Transportation 
Research Board, American Public Transit 
Association, American Society of Planning 
Officials, and Who's Who in Govemmento 

Ms. Berman, 41, is married and the 
mother of three children. 

William Baxa, who has been in the de- 
partment for 22 years, started as a news- 
writer and has held various positions 
throughout his career. He was assistant 
director. Public Information; director. 
Public Information; director. Special 
Projects, and most recently was acting 
manager, Public Affairs. 

Baxa, 53 , was graduated from St. Mary' s 
College, Winona, Minnesota, and has studied 
at Loyola and Northwestern Universities. 

He is married and the father of five 

MAY, 1980 

David Hardin honored by Chicago Police 

Conductor David Hardin (West 
Section) received tlie Citizen's Award 
of the Chicago Pohce Department in 
ceremonies held in pohce headquarters 
April 16. 

Hardin was cited for his part in 
the capture and subsequent arrest on 
January 7 of a purse snatcher. The 
susfiect has a long record of of- 
fenses, the police said. 

Deputy Supt. Ira Harris, Bureau 
of Community Services, made the 
presentation in the crime laboratory 
auditorium, 1121 S. State st. 

The award was for Hardin's swift 
response to the call for help from 
the victim who chased the purse 
snatcher from Hardin's westbound train 
stopped at the Kedzie station on the 
Lake street elevated route. 

"It happened so fast, I didn't realize 
the danger." Hardin said. "I heard 
this woman's call for help and saw her 
chasing a man from the train as he held 
a woman's purse. 

'I ran after the tleeing man, spun 
him around, and pushed him against 
the side of the train. The woman was 
saying that the man had stolen her 

■'Then I realized I didn't know 
what I was going to do with him, 
after I had him." 

Just then Lawrence Butler, an 
off-duty policeman, stepped up, 
showed his badge to Hardin and took 
custody of the suspect. 

Hardin summoned additional police 

Conductor David Hardin (from left). Police Deputy Supt. Ira Harris, and Policeman Lawrence 
Butler at Chicago Police Department awards ceremony. Hardin and Butler received citations 
from Harris for their part in capturing purse snatcher. 

help from liis motorman's train phone. 
Minutes later the train was on its way. 

"This young man put his Ufe and 
safety on the line in tliis effort," 
Harris told the audience at the 
ceremony. "He voluntarily came to 
the aid of a citizen needing help." 

The citation states. 

"This award is an expression of 

appreciation for the assistance given 
the Chicago Police Department in 
apprehending criminals. 

"This act is gratefully acknowledged 
on behalf of the Chicago Police De- 
partment and citizens of greater 

The citation is signed by Richard 
J. Brzeczek. police superintendent. 

Muraski, Venticinque named outstanding apprentices 

Two CTA shop employes attending Washbume Trade 
School of the Chicago Board of Education have received 
Outstanding Apprentice Awards for 1980. 

They are Martin Muraski, 20, sheet metal worker in 
South Shops, and Martin Venticinque, 28, machinist in 
Skokie Shop. 

Both men received gold wrist watches and certificates of 
achievement citing them for high grades and craftsmanship, 
workmanship, safety, and human relations. 

They were among 37 Washbume students honored at the 
12th Annual Award Dinner sponsored by the Building 

Trades Council, Buildmg Construction Employers' Associ- 
ation, and the Chicago Board of Education. 

The awards dinner was held April 1 1 in the Conrad 
Hilton hotel. 

Ralph D. Cusick, Washburne's director, said the awards 
were for the students' abilities to recognize the aesthetic 
value of quality work, their ability to do quality work with 
skill and precision, their knowledge of safety and practices 
of safe work habits, and their abihty to work well for and 
with others. 

Martin Muraski (right) receives congratulations in South Shops from 
Frank Hecht (left) sheet metal shop union steward (now deceased), 
and Ray Klaub, sheet metal foreman. Muraski holds plaque made for 
him by his sheet metal shop teacher, Fred Schumacher. 

Martin Venticinque (right) receives congratulations from Robert 
Flowers, area superintendent, rail vehilcle maintenance, who heads 
Skokie Shop. 



Mary Boski 

Mary BosM, superintendent in 
the Office of the Executive Direc- 
tor since 1977, has been appointed 
director, Forms/Records Manage- 
ment, Management Services. 
Boski joined CTA as a typist in 
the Insurance Department in 1950. 
She moved to the office of the As- 
sistant Secretary in 1952 and be- 
came administrative clerk. In- 
spections and Security two years 

later, serving as stenographer to 
John E. Blare, executive assistant 
to the General Manager. In 1964 
Boski was assigned as adminis- 
trative clerk to George Krambles 
while he was Skokle Swift project 
manager, moving to Research & 
Planning in 1966. In 1972 she was 
chosen secretarial assistant. 
Operations, and, in 1975, executive 
secretary /supervisor. General 

In other job reassignments, 
Karen Domino, former unit su- 
pervisor, Central Assignment, 
has been selected assistant super- 
intendent. Agents. Walter Alex- 
ander, former station clerk, 69th 
Street, and Joseph Grady, former 
driver. Forest Glen, are now 
management/professional interns. 
Bus Service. Joseph Fucarino, 
former carpenter. Plant Mainte- 
nance, has been chosen unit su- 
pervisor, Buildings & Grounds, in 
the same section. 

Gail Halleran, former steno- 
grapher, Claims/Real Estate/ 
Sales, has been selected confi- 
dential office assistant. Law. 
Michael McGovem, former transit 
professional trainee. Human 
Resources -Training/Development 
Programs, has been named system 
safety monitor/inspector. Safety, 
and, in Materials Management- 

Procurement, Ilias Khan has 
moved from buyer to procurement 

In Transportation-West Section, 
Charles White has been promoted 
from conductor to yard foreman. 
New in Transportation- Utility as 
service truck chauffeurs are for- 
mer bus drivers David Harris 
(Lawndale) and Eddie Harris 

Former bus repairers now 
serving as relief foremen. Vehicle 
Maintenance-North Avenue, in- 
clude James Williams (69th 
Street), Daniel Ahem (Forest 
Glen), and Bruce Norgard (North 
Avenue). William Wilson, former 
bus repairer. Campaign, is now 
relief foreman, 69th Street, while 
James Thompson, another former 
bus repairer from the same lo- 
cation, has been selected sub- 
station attendant. Plant Mainte- 

In Operations Planning, James 
Teriy has moved from traffic 
checker to traffic clerk. Marsha 
Gochenour, former utility clerk. 
Insurance & Pensions, has been 
chosen statistical typist. Manage- 
ment Services, and. In Materials 
Management-Procurement, Cath- 
erine Brady has been reassigned 
from reception clerk to utility 

Left: Miss Tina Poulos, daughter of Motor- 
man Antonio Poulos, Jefferson Park, and his 
wife, Coula, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts 
degree in communications design at University 
of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus, on March 1 5. 

Right: Congratulations to Operator William 
Thompson, Archer, who has been named to 
the National Dean's List while working 
toward an associate's degree in Liberal Arts 
at Richard J. Daley College. In 1978, Thomp- 
son earned an associate's degree in Trans- 
portation from Daley College. 

MAY, 1980 

Efrain Villareal (North section) 
received praise from Esparanza 
De Lara of Northwest Highway, 
who rode on his Ravenswood 
train. "I climbed aboard the "L" 
in a very bad mood because I 
was late for work. As I sat on 
the seat, sleepy and tired, I heard 
a dear, crisp, delightful voice 
over the intercom saying the 
stops; and every third stop he 
would say 'Have a nice day'. 
The smiles I saw around me were 
enough to put my bad mood out 
the window and wear a smile 
myself, all due to one man's 

Ellis May (Archer garage) won 
the heartfelt appreciation of the 
family of Nathaniel Winters of 
Keeler avenue for his quick 
action when Mr. Winters became 
ill on his Archer bus. "Our 
father suddenly became III and 
passed out near Western avenue. 
The prompt action of the driver 
in summoning the paramedics 
resulted in his being released 
from the hospital five hours 
later. We are indeed grateful 
for the happy ending." 

commendation corner 

HERMAN LLOYD (52nd Street garage) impressed 
Edgar Prasse of Chicago, a rider on the #5 Jeffeiy 
bus. "From the time people get on the bus to liie time 
they get off, he is a model of complete courtesy. He 
is patient with people fumbling for money as they get 
cm, and reminds them to watch their step on alighting 
from the bus. He not only calls all the streets but the 
downtown hotels and theaters as well. This happens 
in a clear and distinct voice, and driver #4668 is an 
example of the CTA at its best. His effectiveness is 
exceeded only by his courteous manner. My day al- 
ways brightens when I catch him as my driver." 

CONRAD WEIL (Forest Glen garage) was praised 
by Helen Pasier of West Leland for his operation of 
the #91 Austin bus. "Driver #3959 always has a big 
smile and kind words for everyone, young or old. He 
is jolly and everyone on the bus just loves this man. I 
ride the bus with several others every morning, and he 
makes the day for all of us. I could go on and on 
about this terrific man, who should be nominated for 
driver of the year ! " 


ELLIE ELAM (69th Street garage) was called a 
"remarkably exceptional operator" by Jon Osborne, a 
passenger on her #55 Garfield bus. "She went out of 
her way to be courteous to everyone who boarded the 
bus, greeting people as they boarded the bus. When 
one passenger refused to pay, the driver was stubborn, 
but courteous, and the passenger eventually deposited 
his fare. It was raining that day, and when we stopped 
at a red light at Cottage Grove, a southbound bus be- 
gan to pass by. She asked quickly if anyone wanted to 
make a connection. Some passengers did, and the 
driver signaled the other bus to wait. Several people 
made their transfer without having to stand in the 
rain. Tve seen courteous and efficient drivers be- 
fore, but #7871 was outstanding." 

CARL AIKENS (Archer garage) received favorable 
comments from passenger Allen Eckert for his good 
driving on the #15 Canal/Wacker bus. "Driver #4502 
is not only constantly considerate of his passengers, 
even imder the most trying of circimistaiices, he is 
quite an expert driver and more than once it has been 
through his efforts alone that accidents have been 
avoided — accidents inspired by careless motorists, 
particularly taxi drivers. Yet I have never seen him 
become incensed or even mildly irritated. When pas- 
sengers become surly or belligerent, his comments 
are always respectful and courteous. It is a delight 
to get off this bus and have his sincere 'Have a good 
day' as a warm thought to carry along." 

CHARLES YOUNG (Forest Park) was commended 
by Albert Novak of West Addison, Chicago, who rode 
on Yoimg's Jefferson Park train. "He is the first 
conductor I have ever heard announcing the next stop 
as the train pulled away from a station. He informs 
the passengers that they are riding on a "B" train, 
tells them what stops they will make and which ones 
they will skip. If a passenger needs to transfer, he 
or she is well informed ahead of time. It is a pleas- 
ure to be a passenger of someone who is truly respect- 
ful of his job and responsibilities." 

WILLIAM JOHNSON (52nd Street garage) received 
kind words from Mrs. R. B. Mitchell of East 33rd, a 
passenger on his #1 Drexel route. "#6219 is a very 
courteous driver. He always drives to the curb when 
he picks up or drops off passengers, and advises 
everyone to watch their step. He calls all bus numbers 
and destinations at transfer points, and announces all 
hospitals and other important buildings on the route. 
A visitor to the city would never get lost while trav- 
eling on this bus. He answers all questions with a 
smile, making it a pleasure to travel with him. I hope 
there will be more drivers like him." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating em- 
ployes receiving commendations 
recently were: 

Byron Acker and Claudio Al- 
varez, both of North Park. 

Lerline Ball, 77th Street; Lar- 
ry Bergquist and Nikola Blago- 
jevic, both of Limits; Albert 
Brown, 52nd Street; Everett 
Brown, Forest Glen; and Willie 
Brown, 69th Street. 

Naomi Caldwell, 77th Street; 
John Cameron, Ashland; Sergio 
Candelaria, Limits; Leroy Carr, 
NoiHi Park; and Tyree Cobb Jr., 
Forest Glen. 

Samuel Davenport, North Park; 
Thomas Dohoney, Forest Glen; 
and Eugene Embry, Ashland. 

Lynette Flowers and Verla 
Friend, both of North Avenue. 

Ted Galus and Wallacene Good, 
both of Forest Glen; C. Griffin and 

James Griffin m, both of 77th 
Street; Terrence Griffin, Archer; 
and Luis Gualdron, North Park. 

Eldred Hall, North Park; and 
George Hartwig, Forest Glen. 

Henry Jackson, 69th Street; 
Boy Jenkins Jr., Lawndale; Jo- 
seph Johnson, Beverly; Richard 
Jones, 77th Street; and Michael 
Jordan, North Park. 

James Kearney, North Park. 

George Lantz, Forest Glen; 
Nathaniel Lee Jr., Ashland; and 
Ruben Lopez, North Park. 

Kevin Majors and William Man- 
deldove, both of Forest Glen; Jes- 
se Marshall Jr., North Park; Al- 
bert McCormick and Orville Mur- 
ray, both of 77th Street; Earl 
Miles, Lawndale; and Albert Mor- 
rison, North Avenue. 

Michael Nicholson, Beverly. 

Daniel Olvera, Limits; and 

Tommy Owens, North Avenue. 

Claudette Panfil, North Park; 
Emanuel Paul and Walter Poppe, 
both of Forest Glen; Beverly Phil- 
lips, 77th Street; Davis Price, 
Howard/Kimball; and Bobbie Pru- 
itt. South Section. 

Lorenzo Ramos Jr. and Mar- 
garet Robertson, both of Forest 

Tuesday Simpson, Limits; and 
Eddie Smith, North Avenue o 

Romulo Tamondong, North 

Johnny Van and Richard Vaughn, 
both of North Park; and Efrain 
Villarreal, Howard/Kimball. 

eleven Wardlow and Laurence 
Whitney, both of Limits; Henderson 
Williams and Loyce Wright, both 
of Forest Glen; and Phillip Wood, 
69th Street. 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest 

Joseph Zukerman, North Parkg 


When Dianne Weier, forms 
designer. Forms Control/ 
Records Management, was a 
teenager, her aunt had re- 
ceived a unique bridal shower 
gift that would be a prized 
possession for many years 
to come. 

The gift was Dianne's 
aunt's wedding invitation 
which was trimmed in lace, 
and decorated with minia- 
ture flowers, a bible and 
wedding rings, and enclosed 
in a wooden picture frame. 

Dianne was so thrilled with this that she decided to make 
one for a friend who was getting married. This was the 
beginning of a life-long, sentiment-filled hobby. 

Now, as soon as Dianne receives a wedding invitation, she 
begins planning the memento. The picture frame is chosen 
according to the decor of the soon-to-be-newlywed's home, 
the rings are selected by the silver or gold of the bride's 
engagement ring, and the flowers vary according to the 

Dianne sews the lace, flowers and rings onto the invitation. 
She designed the bible herself out of cardboard and gold ink. 
It must be pasted on because it is too thick to be stitched. 
The completed product is both beautiful and sentimental. 

"Friends who have received them just love them," said 
Dianne. "It's often the most personal wedding gift they 

For Dianne, the best part of making the gift is seeing the 
reaction of the recipient. Many of her friends at CTA have 

received them, and some of them have asked Dianne to make 
them for other friends. 

Still, the mementos are so personahzed that they remain 
very special to anyone lucky enough to receive one. Dianne 
has had offers to produce them commercially, but she 
refused, .saying that without the personal reaction she just 
didn't feel the same amount of satisfaction. 

MAY, 1980 


Minority businesses 
show their wares 

The CTA participated in the 13th annual Chicago 
Business Opportunity Fair at Expocenter/Chicago in 
the Apparel Center on April 22nd and 23rd. The pur- 
pose of the Fair is to provide opportunities for more 
than 300 minority owned businesses to meet with and 
explain their products to over 100 major corporations. 

At the CTA booth, staff from Materials Manage- 
ment and Himian Resources departments met with 
representatives of small businesses. After describ- 
ing their product or service, the businessmen or 
women filled out an "Application for Placement on 
Bidders' List" form for Material Management's use. 
When bids for particular products are requested, the 
firms will be notified. Other CTA staffers visited 
sellers' booths for demonstrations of products, and 
encouraged the business representatives to talk 
shop' with the CTA. 

Chairman Eugene Barnes visited the CTA booth 
while attending the Fair. "The CTA's participation at 
the Fair illustrates our responsibility to commimity 
businesses," Barnes commented. "The interaction 
and mutual support shown here is vital to the present 
and future of both minority business and the CTA." 

The Fair provides both minority businesses and 
large corporations with lists of buyers and sellers, 
including what types of goods and services the cor- 
porations are seeking. The CTA was listed as seek- 
ing vendors in 25 categories in such diverse fields as 
plumbing, catering, and building contractors. 

At the CTA booth, CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (center, standing) 
discusses the fair with Marjorie Holmes (left) supervisor. Human Rela- 
tions, and Mario Ochoa, Minority Business Enterprises Program co- 
ordinator, both of the Human Resources department. Buyers Edward 
Ahlbrand and Olivia Bradley (seated behind table) interview potential 
bidders. (CTA photos by Bert Cadney) 

Joe Cannon (left) general manager, and Nelson Carlo, president, of 
Abbott Pipe and Supply Company, discuss possible business with 
Mario Ochoa. 

Sponsors of the Fair were the Chicago Regional 
Purchasing Council, the Chicago Economic Develop- 
ment Corporation, the Urban League, and the National 
Economic Development Association. 


Evanston phase 1: replace 17,000 ties 

One of the CTA's oldest stretches of "L" tracks — 
the 72-year-old Evanston branch between Howard 
terminal in Chicago and Linden terminal in Wilmette- 
-is being replaced. 

The Sj-mile long right-of-way containing nearly 
seven miles of tracks and more than 17,000 ties cur- 
rently is luidergoing a $6.2 million renewal project 
scheduled to be completed in 1982. 

Roy Smith, sttperintendent, civil engineering, said 
the first phase of theproject is imderway. T.P.I. Con- 
struction Services, Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is now re- 
placing 17,000 timber ties from the Chicago avenue 
overpass to the North Shore channel bridge in Evanston 
at a cost of $1,5 million. 

Later this year. Smith said, as T.P.I, completes 

its work, the CTA's maintenance department will 
renew the Evanston branch's grade crossings at Isa- 
bella street in Evanston and Maple avenue in Wilmette. 

In 1981, the CTA will replace the old joined rails 
with about 33,000 feet of modem continuous welded 
rails. This will give passengers a smoother, quieter 
ridCo The route's third rails do not need to be re- 
placed, Smith said. 

In 1982, the CTA will replace the rails, ties, and 
ballast on the right-of-way north from the North Shore 
channel bridge to the entrance to the Linden terminal 

Funds for the entire project come from federal and 
state governments. 

(CTA photo by Mike Hoffert) 

On April 8, CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (second from left), and 
CTA General Operations Manager Harold Geissenheimer (center), 
toured the Control Center with visitors from the Urban Mass Trans- 
portation Administration. At left is UMTA Administrator Theodore C. 
Lutz, holding one of CTA's new radios that are used by rapid transit 
train crew members. Second from right is UMTA Regional Director 
Theodore G. Weigle Jr., and far right is Regional Chief, Transit Assist- 
ance Division, D. J. Mitchell. 

Joe Daqullante (left), assistant superintendent. Control Center, answers 
questions from Alan Coleman (far right) and George Briggs (second 
from right), visitors from the Merseyside Passenger Transport Execu- 
tive in Liverpool, England. Also shown during the April 15 tour are 
CTA General Operations Manager Harold Geissenheimer, CTA Trans- 
portation Manager James Blaa, and bus controller Jack O'Conner. 
Coleman and Briggs were studying CTA's computerized Vehicle Maint- 
enance System while planning a similar system for use at Merseyside. 

MAY, 1980 

CTA generates interest at job fairs 

Interest in the CTA has never 
been higher, and evidence of this 
is the overwhelming response to 
the CTA' s employment information 
booth at two job fairs held at the 
Expocenter/ Chicago at the Apparel 
Center in April, 

More than 800 people expressed 
an interest in working for the CTA 
at the WVON Radio Job Fair and 
the Women's '80 Expo. Applicants 
ranged from Tin skilled and un- 
employed individuals seeking 
entry level positions to engineers, 
financial analysts and attorneys. 

Marjorie Holmes, supervisor, 
Himian Resources, coordinator of 
the program, attributed the high 
level of interest among the pro- 
fessional applicants to "CTA's 
reputation as a company with good 
security, stability, and benefits 
providing equal opportunity. 
These qualities attracted a lot of 
professionals seeking a better 
place to work." 

Job-seekers filled out an em- 
ployee profile listing their edu- 
cational background, previous 
work experience and related 
skills. College students were 
told of the co-operative trainee 

and transit professional trainee 

At the WVON Radio Job Fair 
Chairman Barnes remarked that, 
"By actively showing our interest 
and need for qualified, new em- 
ployees, the CTA ensures more 
public input and broader horizons 
for itself, as well as better pub- 
lic service," 

Lena Phillips, Larry Murphy, 
Rudy Mendez, Holmes and several 

volimteers from the Human Re- 
sources Department had two very 
busy weekends at the fairs, and 
during the weeks afterwards. 
While the staff was actively seek- 
ii^ engineers and financial ana- 
lysts, everyone filling out an em- 
ployee profile is being considered 
for employment, and the staff 
must now categorize each profile. 
If an applicant is qualified, and 
there is an opening available, the 



profile is forwarded immediately 
to placemento If the applicant is 
qualified, but there is no opening 
available in his or her field right 
now, the profile is maintained in 
the Human Relations file imtil an 
opening comes up. Entry-level 
bus and rail applications are sent 
to Personnel. Each applicant will 
receive a postcard informing him 
or her of exactly what is being 
done with the employment profile. 

Opposite page, top: large crowds fill the 
Apparel Center lobby before the WVON 
Fair begins. 

Left: Lena Phillips (left) and Marjorie 
Holmes explain what types of CTA careers 
are available to a large group of women. 

Right: Holmes and Phillips accept a resume 
from a prospective employee. 

The great success of CTA's 
involvement at these two job fairs 
encourages participation in future 
events of this type. Plans are now 
being made for our participation in 
a job fair sponsored by members 
of the Hispanic commvinity, mak- 
ing the CTA's talent pool even 
bigger and better. 

Above: Chairman Barnes greets a friend as 
his daughter, Eugina, a freshman at Whitney 
Young High School, observes the Human 
Resources staff: Lena Phillips, Rudy Mendez 
and Felipe Gonzalez. 

MAY, 1980 

With the melting of Chicago's snow at winter's end, 
the fishing season starts heating up. 

All anglers worth their lines and sinkers have al- 
ready hooked their tackle boxes and rods from tinder 
the Christmas decorations in attics, garages, or crawl 
spaces and are getting ready to go after the really 
big ones. 

With the soaring gasoline prices these days, many 
fishermen who once travelled hundreds of miles to 
their favorite fishing spots are counting flieir coins 
and thinking twice. Mother Nature and the Chicago 
Park District have combined forces to help anglers 
save their money and get plenty of fishing, because 
all of the Park District's fishing locations can be 
reached by CTA. 

In addition to largemouth and smallmouth bass, 
blueglU, bullheads, trout, perch, and catfish, there's 
the fast-growing popularity of salmon fishing in Lake 
Michigan. Thanks to the introduction of coho and 
Chinook salmon to Lake Michigan a couple of years 
ago, Chicago is becoming a "hot spot" for salmon 
fishing — once limited to the nation's coastal waters. 
These beauties can weigh from 9 up to 20 pounds. 

The Chicago Park District has fishing piers along 
the lakefront. There are fishing piers at the foot of 
Farwell avenue in Loyola Park, at the ends of North 
avenue and Montrose avenue in Lincoln Park, the 
foot of 31st street in Bumham Park, and at the ends 
of 59th and 63rd streets in Jackson Park. Fishing 
also is available at park lagoons in Lincoln, Hum- 
boldt, Garfield, Columbus, Douglas, Washington, 
Jackson, Marquette, Sherman, and McKinley Parks. 
For more information, telephone the Chicago Park 
District at 294-2200. 

In addition to Chicago Park District fishing lo- 
cations, the Cook Coxmty Forest Preserve District 
has 30 locations open on small lakes, sloughs, ponds, 
quarries, lagoons, and the Des Plaines river. For 
locations, types of fish available, regulations, and 

Fishing pier at end of Montrose avenue in Lincoln parl<. 

(Chicago Park District Photo) 

directions, telephone the District's headquarters at 
261-8400 or 366-9420. 

State law requires fishermen between the ages of 
15 and 65 to have a valid fishing license. The basic 
license, good until March 31, 1981, costs $5.50; those 
doing salmon fishing must have a $2.50 stamp affixed 
to their license. The licenses and stamps can be 
purchased at most sporting goods stores, from city 
and village clerks, or the Illinois Department of Con- 
sei^fation, Room 100, State of Illinois Building, 160 
N. LaSalle street, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays 
through Fridays. Persons over 65, disabled, or blind 
are not required to have licenses. For information 
about fishing licenses, telephone 793-2070. 

Tlie Omnibus Society of America chartered a CTA "Big Bend" articu- 
lated bus on Sunday, March 23, for a tour of the North and West sides 
of Chicago, in celebration of the 10th birthday of Samantha Lynn 
Kunz and the approximate first anniversary of articulated bus service 
at CTA. Shown in photo, left to right: CTA General Operations 
Manager Harold Geissenheimer, Samantha Lynn Kunz, her father, 
Richard R. Kunz, who is a founder of the Omnibus Society of America, 
and bus operator Delia Lee (52nd Street garage) who is holding a 
birthday cake baked in the shape of an articulated bus. 



New home for 
historic sculpture 

Evanston's 33-year-old transit 
historical marker has been brou^t out 
from behind the wrought iron fence at 
the Davis street "L" station and put 
into the limelight — where it belongs. 

The four-ton marker highlights the 
entrance to the recently completed "L" 
station where many passers-by have 
paused to read the marker's metal 

"Here stood from 1886 to 1909 the 
Davis street station of the Chicago, 
Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway com- 
pany," the plaque reads in part. "The 
right-of-way still owned by its succes- 
sor the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul 
and Pacific Railroad Company, was 
leased by the North Western Elevated 
Railroad Company in 1907 and was ele- 
vated in 1908." The CTA later bought 
the right-of-way. 

Concluding the inscription, the 
plaque reads. .."This marker was 
erected by the railroad company as an 
historical record of its contribution to 
earlier transportation here. 

"Approved 1947 by the Evanston Historical Society." 

A spotlight moimted in the ceiling of the new sta- 
tion' s canopy will flood the marker with light at night. 

"Our records show the historical marker, with its 
1880s bas relief transit scene, was created by sculp- 
tor Boris Gilbertson of Cornucopia, Wis., and paid for 
by the railroad," said Mikell Darling, director of the 
Evanston Historical Society. 

The marker measures about 5 feet high, 5^ feet 
wide, and is a foot thick. It stood on 10 square feet of 
the embankment about 200 feet north of the station's 
entrance. The marker belongs to the historical so- 

"About 10 years ago the iron fence from North- 

western University was moved to the Davis street 
station to separate the embankment from the side- 
walk," Darling said. 

The fence had to be cut open for removal of the 
marker and then soldered closed. 

Cost for placing the marker in the new station's en- 
trance was part of the $324,700 federal grant given 
for the modernization project. 

The funding came from the UoS,, Department of 
Commerce under a program of the Economic Develop- 
ment Administration. 

The grant had been a joint application by the 
City of Evanston, Cook County government, and 
the CTA. 

The entrance at the recently modernized 
Davis street 'L' station features Evan- 
ston's 33-year-old historical marker 
(shown above) commemorating the sta- 
tion's origin as part of the Chicago, 
Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway 
company. (CTA photos by Bert Cadney) 

MA^, 1980 


General Office 1979-80 basketball champs 

The 1979-80 CTA Basketball League 
ended its season on Sunday, April 27, with 
the General Office Jaguars meeting North 
Avenue for the championship at Robichaux 
Park Fieldhouse. Approximately 175 fans 
turned out to root for their favorite team. 

Culminating a very exciting season in 
which 17 teams participated, the league 
was divided into two divisions, American 

and National. A total of 136 games were 
played at the Washington Park Fieldhouse. 
The General Office team, coached by 
Arliss Jones, and the North Avenue team, 
coached by Wade Simmons, provided the 
fans with an exciting championship game. 
The Jaguars were in complete control and 
led all the way, beating North Avenue by a 
score of 65-54. 

Scoring leaders for General Office 
were John Harvey with 28 points, and 
Reggie Williams with 17. High scorers 
for North Avenue were Allen Gordon with 
13 and Alan Willis with 11. 

In the consolation game, it was nip and 
tuck all the way with Forest Glen edging 
77th Street, 60-57. 

(CTA photos by Julius Brazil) 

Reggie Williams, G.O., 
points as Bob Jenkins, 
if needed. 

mps high for two Bob Jenkins, G.O., makes a clean block on shot 
comes in to help by Allen Gordon, N. Ave., as John Harvey, 43, 
Reggie Williams, 23, and Michael Reynolds, 33, 
await the outcome. 

Michael Reynolds, N. Ave., pulls down rebound 
despite efforts of John Harvey, 43, as Phillip 
Ross, 10, and Julius Nelson, 23, watch the play. 

Allen Gordon, N. Ave., pulls down rebound 
from the outstretched arms of Phillip Ross, 
G.O., as Maurice Baker, 22, and Bob Jenkins, 7, 
watch the action. 

^ ^ 

Michael Reynolds, N. Ave., goes high for an easy layup as Allen Gordon, 32, Ron Tuck, 33, and 
Reggie Williams, 23, look on. 



77th Street 
Operators end 
bowling season 

With the ending of the 77th 
Street Operators Bowling League 
for the 1979-80 season, Friday's 
Trooible, last year's champs, tri- 
umphed again as the winners. 

Finishing in second place were 
the Close Encounters with the 
Clippers and Archer Bandits third 
and fourth, respectively. 

Jeff Moore, a member of the 
winning Friday's Trouble, was 
named the most valuable bowler 
of the year. He also led the league 
with a 188 average. 

League president, Booker By- 
ers, expressed his thanks to all 
the bowlers for an excellent season. 

THE CHAMPS: Displaying their first place trophies are, kneeling (left to right): John Weather- 
spoon, president and business agent. Local 241 ; Bill Thompson, and Calvin McCants. Standing 
(left to right): Jeff Moore; Emery Gipson; J. C. White, and Levi Wardell. 

Warren Julian 

Ulysess Buck 

Left: Elected officers for the 1979-80 season were, kneeling (left to 
right): Earl Cooke, treasurer; Luther Lee, sergeant at arms, and Horace 
Kemp, vice-president. Standing (left to right): Booker Byers, president, 
and Jimmy Beatty, secretary. 

Local 241 golf date set 

Plans have been completed for the 14th annual 
Local 241 golf tournament and banquet at the Cog 
Hill Country Club, Lemont, IL., Saturday, July 5. 

Tee-off will begin at 1000 hours and end at 1300 

The cost of the tournament this year will be $20 
for golf and banquet; $10 for golf or banquet only. 

All retired employees who wish to play are welcome. 

Contact Charles Hall at 341-1733 for reservations 
and tee-off times. 

MAY, 1980 


CTA Retirees 

The April 28 dinner dance of the CTA 
Senior Citizens Retirement Organization 
attracted 267 persons and was held in 
Niko's restaurant, 7600 S. Harlem av., 

Highlighting the group's monthly meet- 
ing was the music of Franlde Jay and his 
orchestra, who played for their dancing 
pleasure following dinner. 

Joe Nolan, the organization's general 
manager, said that membership is nearing 
1,500 retirees from the CTA, West Towns, 
and the former E\'anston Bus Company. 

Edward Matthias (Forest Glen '66) and his wife, Florence (at left); right, Henry Kalata (Beverly 76) 
and his wife, Arlyne, and her father, Al Gendreau (center). 

Charles Haynes (69th 75) and his wife 

Stanford Rogers (69th 77) and his wife, Grace (at left), Mrs. Arthur Porter (center) and Mrs. 
Ernest Nelson (77th 78) and his wife, Evelyn. Katherine Ramsey. 

Joseph Lacki (Maintenance 76) and his wife, Anthony Vidmont (South Shops 77) and his Joseph Partipilo (Transportation '67) and his 
Ann. wife, Helen. wife, Florence. 



Robert Stach retires after 40 years service 

Robert Stach, assistant to the superin- 
tendent of administration, Transportation 
department, ended his 40-year career in 
public transit April 24 when more than 150 
friends and co-workers attended an open 
house held in his honor in the Transporta- 
tion department's main office in the Mer- 
chandise Mart. 

Stach started in 1940 as a clerk for the 
Chicago Surface Lines, a predecessor 
company to the CTAo In 1947 he was as- 
signed as a clerk in theCTA's Transporta- 
tion department where he coordinated ac- 
tivities for garage clerks until his retire- 

Joining Stach at the party was his wife, 
Jeanette. Farewell gifts included a port- 
able radio and a cash gift. 

Stach and his wife have moved to their 
new home in New Port Richey, Fla„ They 
have two married dau^ters. 

Robert Stach (center) receives gifts at an April 24 open house marking the end of his 40-year career 
in public transit. Stach is joined by his wife, Jeanette, and Joseph Vodvarka, superintendent of 
administration. The open house was held in the Transportation department's iVIerchandise Mart 

Joseph Vasa (right) retired 
April 1 ending his 33-year 
career in public transit. Vasa 
was a mobile bus repairer 
headquartered at Limits garage. 
Pictured with Vasa is his 
longtime co-worker Keith 
"Butch" Klein. 

Library book sale offers bargains 

Looking for a bargain ? The Friend s of 
the Chicago Public Library and the City of 
Chicago have over 200,000 of them in their 
Book Sale in the Park on Jimel9, 20 and 21, 
Mayor Jane M. Byrne is honorary chairman 
of the sale which will be held Thursday 
through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 
pjn. under two huge circus tents in Grant 
Park at Randolph across from the CPL 
Cultural Center. There will be continuous 
entertainment, prizes and visits from well- 
known authors. 

The books are being donated to the sale 
from the Library shelves, the public, pri- 
vate libraries and major publishers. They 
range from current affairs, fiction, juve- 
nile, humanities, social sciences, science 
and technology and the classics to mys- 
teries and love stories. All books are in 
good condition and will cost 50f for adult 

books, and 25^ for children's books. There 
is no admission charge and the sale is open 
to the public. 

To make these bargains available to the 
public, the Library needs more books. If 
you have some to donate, take them to the 
nearest branch library or the circulation 
desks at either the Cultural Center, 78 
East Washington, or the Central Library, 
at 425 North Michigan. Deliveries can also 
be made to the South Shed of Navy Pier, 
where the books will be housed before the 
sale, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur- 
days from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sun- 
days from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

Book pick-ups can be arranged for 50 
or more hardcover books in good condition 
by calling 269-2922 or 269-2809. 

And, just as importantly, the Library 
needs your time and skills to type, answer 

phone calls, pass out flyers and posters, 
write letters, sort books, set up and sell 
books at the sale itself. To volunteer call 
269-2922 or 269-2809. 

"The fourth Library book sale is ex- 
pected to earn $50,000 to $100,000 for 
special projects sponsored by the Friends 
of the Chicago Public Library," estimated 
co-chairman Norma (Mrs. Alan) Harris 
and Patty (Mrs. Patrick) Crowley. The last 
sale provided $25,000 in seed money to in- 
stall the acoustical systems in the Audi- 
torium and Preston Bradley Hall of the 
CPL Cultural Center. 

Bargain hunters should arrive early at 
the sale since long lines quickly form. 

Parking is available in the Grant Park 
undergrovmd garages. 

MAY, 1980 


Retirement, a family celebration 

Herman Smith and John Wirtli, 
CTA employes for more than 30 
years, are more than brothers-in- 
law — they're friends. 

The men have taken their fam- 
ilies on vacations together, cele- 
brated holidays together with their 
families, regularly play golf to- 
gether, and they retired on the 
same day — May 1 — but not to- 

Smitli was an engineering as- 
sistant in the Engineering Depart- 
ment in the Merchandise Mart. 
He has completed 33 years of ser- 
vice with the CTA. His career 
highlights include his work on de- 
veloping the CTA's rapid transit 
routes in the Dan Ryan, Eisen- 
hower, and Kennedy expressways. 

Wirth finished 30 years with 
the CTA as a carpenter in West 
Shops. Some of his finest projects 
are radiator covers and book 
cases for the office used by CTA 
chairmen, book cases for the 
Anthon Memorial Library, and 
cabinets for bus controllers in the 
Control Center. 


Herman Smith (left) and John Wirth anticipating 

'We have had a lot of great 
times together — away from our 
jobs," Smith said. "And we are 
going to continue having great 
times together," Wirth chimed in. 

Both men have three grown 
children. Wirth, who is a widow- 

a happy retirement. (CTA photo hy Bert Cadiiey) 

er, plans to join Smith and his 
wife, Elizabeth, on vacation trips, 
holiday get-togethers, and family 

"We're a close family," Wirth 
said, with justification, because 
Smith's wife is Wirth' s sister. 

Keeping in touch 

To the Chicago Transit Authority 
Board and Employes: 

I want to express to you my deep 
gratitude for the good things I've 
enjoyed for 20 years, since my retire- 

I have received an escalating monthly 
pension, without any interruption. I 
am enjoying a "pass" that permits me 
to ride comfortably and freely about 
Evanston and Chicago. 

Your spirit of sharing and the con- 
tinuous effort of everyone in all depart- 
ments to improve and expand transpor- 
tation efficiently and safely to all 
people in Chicago and its environs; 
that has made this possible, I know. 

The CTA Transit News with its excel- 
lent pictures, accounts of people in 
various departments and their work, 
news of cultural events and plans for 
the future keep me well posted. The 
January-February edition "Battling the 
Winter of '79" is an heirloom item. 

Again, a thank you! With my unin- 
terrupted interest and good wishes 
to you all- 

IVlarie Louise Pulliani 


Paul G. Burandt, 88 years old. He 
retired 24 years ago at age 65. He had 
44 years and 9 months of service as a 
conductor on the streetcars. Thirty- 
seven years at Archer Terminal and the 
balance at 69th and 77th Street Ter- 

He has lived on the southwest side at 
the same address for nearly 80 years. 

He has two daughters. Annetta 
Rueter and Elda Eichhorn. 

He has four grandchildren and eight 
great grandchildren. 

His wife Anna died 8 years ago. 

This picture was taken on Christmas 
Day, December 25, 1979, at his grand- 
daughter's home in Downers Grove, 

He is a member of St. Andrew 
Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod, 
located at 37th and South Honore 
Street, Chicago, Illinois. 

He enjoys reading the Chicago Transit 
News and anxiously waits for the 
next issue. 

He is thankful to the Good Lord for 
all the blessings He has bestowed 
on him. 

Yours truly, 

IVIrs. Elda Eichhorn 

Paul G. Burandt 

Dear Friend: 

I started to work for the B&O Rail- 
road in 1915. I got transferred to CTA 
about 1920 and worked as a gateman 
12 hours a day, seven days a week. 

After that I got to be a conductor 
until I was 65. 

I am going to be 87 August 9. I lost 
my wife last July. On July 8th of this 
year we would have been married 
58 years. 

1 enjoyed working for the CTA, 
Thank you. 

Oscar Prietz 




i3sr ]vcE]nvnoi^i.A.i^ 

BRUNO J. BILEK, Carpenter A, 

South Shops, Emp. 4-23-47 
EDWARD P. BLICHARZ , Supply Control . 

Coord., Skokie Shop, Emp. 1-27-55 
WILLIAM P. CASEY, Rail Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp, 9-13-65 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-20-57 
JOHN R. CIRILLO, Sheet Metel Worker, 

West Shops, Emp. 5-25-45 

Ashland, Emp. 8-23-48 

District A, Emp. 12-1-50 
RALPH PELUSO, Chauffeur, 

Utility, Emp. 7-23-45 
HERMAN E. SMITH, Engr. Asst. IH, 

Engineering, Emp. 9-20-46 

Transportation, Emp. 5-10-40 

Archer, Emp. 8-4-45 
JOSEPH STWORA, Bus Repairer, ** 

Archer, Emp. 10-1-68 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-25-57 

Utility, Empo 4-17-41 
ANTHONY VIRGILIO, Car Serviceman, 

Kimball Shop, Emp. 2-26-60 
JOHN J. WIRTH, Carpenter, 

West Shops, Emp. 3-3-50 


HARRY BORIS, Bus Serviceman, 

North Park, Emp. 3-11-63 
LEWIS COMBS, Travel Information Cntr., 

Management Services, Emp. 2-3-66 

Maintenance, Emp. 1-1-62 
MICHAEL F. HACK, Operator, * 

Forest Glen, Emp. 8-5-54 
DEWEY HILL, Motorman, 

61st Street, Emp. 4-10-52 
JOSEPH MOORE, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 9-17-62 

Forest Glen, Emp. 3-4-65 

* Retired effective 3-1-80 
**Retired effective 4-1-80 

EDWIN ANDERSON, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-2-33, Died 3-26-80 
WILLIAM W. BALL, 85, Way & Struct., 

Emp. 5-5-36, Died 3-14-80 
GEORGE BILLINGS, 96, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-5-07, Died 3-14-80 
BEN E. BRUHNKE, 68, Archer, 

Emp. 10-15-41, Died 2-9-80 
MICHAEL BUCARO, 84, Way & Struct., 

Emp. 7-10-36, Died 3-20-80 
EDGAR L. CRAIG, 93, West Shops, 

Emp. 10-1-19, Died 3-1-80 
VERA B. CRIDER, 82, Comptroller, 

Emp. 10-1-25, Died 1-21-80 
THOMAS J. DANIELS, 66, Beverly, 

Emp. 3-4-42, Died 3-2-80 
AMANDA DePERE, 80, Lake Street, 

Emp. 2-1-43, Died 12-19-79 
JOHN GIOVENCO, 90, Track, 

Emp. 3-21-20, Died 3-4-80 
HARRY HASLAM, 87, West Section, 

Emp. 3-13-22, Died 3-27-80 

MICHAEL J. HICKEY, 89, District A, 

Emp. 8-12-13, Died 3-1-80 
VELMA JACKSON, 36, 77th Street, 

Emp. 8-1-74, Died 3-31-80 
JULIUS JOHNSON, 53, West Section, 

Emp. 10-15-53, Died 4-15-80 
GEORGE W. KABON, 85, South Section, 

Emp. 5-31-23, Died 3-9-80 
EDWARD R. KARVANEK, 90, West Sect., 

Emp. 2-13-11, Died 3-29-80 

Emp. 12-28-18, Died 2-22-80 

Emp. 10-12-29, Died 3-5-80 
PATRICK O'SHEA, 68, South Shops, 

Emp. 10-24-47, Died 3-10-80 
JESSE PEAK, 47, North Park, 

Emp. 11-26-73, Died 3-23-80 

Emp. 9-17-30, Died 3-14-80 
WALLACE C. WEBER, 72, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-20-36, Died 3-3-80 

in l\/lay 


R. A. Hodgetts 


30 years 

G. M. Andersen, Equipment Design 

J. N. Baker, Beverly 

L. R. Both, North Park 

J. Jackson Jr., Archer 

W. J. Kanady, 69th Street 

J. J. Labellarte, Despiaines 

J. F. Lipka, Methods/Standards 

T, McPartlan, Methods/Standards 

W. L. Rakauskis, Utility 

D. M. Ryan, Maintenance 

N. P. Triffon, District B 

35 years 

D. V. Andriacchi, Archer 

F. J. Gibasiewicz, Forest Glen 

25 years 


C. Dillard, Lawndale 


J. Harris, Beverly 


T. Henry, Beverly 


T. Lazzara, Grant Program 


Lewis Jr., South Shops 


W. Moore, Maintenance 


Powe, Maintenance 


A. Randolph, 52nd Street 


M. Stuart, 77th Street 


R. Tillman, Maintenance 


Volume 33 

Number 5 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA, 
by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Borcjc, 
Kathy Byrne, Jack Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others. $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS. Room 734, 
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MAY, 1980 


Culture Bus begins 4th season 

Warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers, and returning mi- 
grant birds remind us it's time for CTA's own harbinger of spring- 
-the Culture Bus. The fourth season of Culture Bus operations 
will begin May 18 with Sunday and holiday service from the Art 
Institute to two dozen other cultural attractions on the South, North, 
and West Sides, Scheduled to continue through the 19th of October, 
Culture Bus tours include stops at such famous museums as the 
Field Museimi of Natural History in Bumham Park. 

The largest and most comprehensive display of Colombian gold 
artifacts ever seen in the United States is on exhibit at the Field 
Museum through July 6. The exhibit, called "Gold of El Dorado: 
The Heritage of Colombia," includes more tlian 500 gold objects, 
some as much as 1,000 years old, tliat were fashioned by Colombian 

Most of the objects came from graves that were overlooked by 
Spanish Conquistadors and others who looted the Colombian coun- 
tryside of much of its gold, beginning in the 16th Century. Colom- 
bian gold work is considered among the finest and most technically 
advanced in the worlds Indians from the region had mastered al- 
most all the techniques known to the modem goldsmith. Most of 
the artifacts are from collections of the Museo del Oro in the 
Colombian capital, Bogota, 

Two of more than 500 golden treasures in the 
major exhibit, "Gold of El Dorado: The Heri- 
tage of Colombia," on display at the Field 
Museum of Natural History through July 6. 

Above: Pendant, male figure with headdress. 
Cast gold. Height 4-9/16 inches. Museo 
del Oro. 

Right: Lizard or alligator. Cast tumbaga (an 
alloy made from gold and copper). Length 
5-3/8 inches. Museo del Oro. 

(Photos by Lee Boltin. Courtesy, American 
Museum of Natural History.) 

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AUG 4 1980 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (right) amnounces new transit 
security pilot training program and acl<nowledges the contributions 

of Raleigh Mathis (left), CTA manager. Security, and Robert Kren 
(center), special assistant to the chairman. 

Chairman Barnes announces 
transit security pilot training program 

Chicago Transit Authority Chairman Eugene 
M. Barnes recently announced a new transit secu- 
rity pilot training program for rapid transit ticket 

The program, to begin aroimd July 1, is in com- 
pliance with a law developed and sponsored by Barnes 
in the General Assembly last year. Barnes was chair- 
man of a legislative subcommittee on crime on public 

The bill, signed into law by Governor Thompson 
last fall, requires all mass transit employes dealing 
with the public to receive anti-crime training for 
personal safety. The law also established a State 
Review Board to oversee and approve the security 

"With the implementation of this pilot program the 
CTA is taking the lead in employe security training," 
said Barnes. "As legislative sponsor of this bill, I 
am especially proud to be Chairman of the CTA as we 
implement the security training program." 

The pilot program will involve about 10 per cent 
of the ticket agents. The format includes videotapes 
using real ticket agents and police in re-creations of 
actual incidents of crime. The program also includes 

pass-out materials, trainee discussions and some 
security training exercises. 

The project was developed by an eight-member 
CTA committee. Members of the committee are 
Ronald Bartkowicz, first general assistant attorney; 
Harold Geissenheimer, manager. Operations; Fred 
King, manager. Human Resources; Robert Kren, 
special assistant to the chairman and chairman of 
the committee; Raleigh Mathis, manager. Security, 
and CTA's representative on the State Review Board; 
Edward Mitchell, director. Support Services, Trans- 
portation; Bill Sholdice, supervisor. Transportation 
Training, Training/Development programs, and Leon 
Wool, manager. Labor RelationSo 

After evaluation of the pilot program by both the 
CTA committee and the State Review Board, the 
security training program will expand to include the 
rest of the ticket agents, as well as bus operators, 
conductors, and motormen. 



JUNE, 1980 

Transit Security System 
begins pilot program 

A unique transit security system was put into 
preliminary operation on May 8th at Police Head- 
quarters. The Chicago Transit Security System is an 
electronic surveillance network designed to reduce 
crime on rapid transit. The pilot program involves 
four stations: 35ih Street, 40th and Indiana, 43rd 
Street, and 55th Street. All are on the Englewood/ 
Jackson Park route. 

Each station has nine closed-circuit television 
cameras, which monitor the platforms, the stairwells, 
and the ticket agent booth. These are supplemented 
by push button alarms and emergency telephones. 
Loudspeakers and microphones will provide on-site 
two-way voice contact. 

The entire system is centered at a nine screen 
control console at the police communications center 
at 11th and State. The system monitor will scan each 
station for 11 seconds in continual succession. Emer- 
gency alarms or calls automatically switch the console 
monitors to the origin of the distress call. 

"The transit security program is a major step 
toward combatting violent crime on the CTA," said 
Mayor Jane Mo Byrne. "Our goal is to expand the 
pilot program and ensure the safety of every Chlcagoan 
who depends on public transportation." 

CTA Chairman Eugene Barnes described the new 
security system as "..further evidence of CTA's 
commitment to passenger safety and security." 

Police Superintendent Richard Brzeczek called the 
system ".o.the first step in the increased use of tech- 
nology necessary for a police department in the 80' s." 
He promised the continued investigation and implemen- 
tation of technology to stem criminal attack. 

The Chicago Department of Public Works guided 
development funding of the program. Public Works 
Commissioner Jerome Butler praised the cooperative 

Inspecting the new CTA Security.Sys- 
tem at Police Headquarters were 
Mayor Jane M. Byrne, Superintendent 
of Police Richard J. Brzeczek (right) 
and Assistant Deputy Superintendent 
Bill Miller. Miller (center) showed 
the Mayor how the new pilot system 
will make the CTA safer, by providing 
increased security on the 'L' and sub- 
way platforms through the use of 
TV monitors and emergency phones. 

(Photo courtesy of Mayor 's Office j 

Pilot stations each equipped with nine 
TV cameras , push button alarms, and 
emergency telephones 

spirit of the program. "The enthusiasm and coopera- 
tion of the inter and intragovemmental consultants, 
and private sector participants, made this complex 
system a reality." Butler added, "It's good news for 
all Chlcagoans, especially those who regularly use 
public transportation." 

The project's total cost is $1.7 million— funded 
primarily through an 80 per cent federal grant from 
the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. The 
Illinois Department of Transportation provided 13 
per cent of the cost with matching funds. 


Betty Edwards 
named director of 
Community Relations 

Mrs. Betty B. Edwards was appointed Director of 
Community Relations for the Chicago Transit Author- 
ity, effective June 2, by CTA Chairman Eugene M. 

As part of the reorganization of CTA, a new Divi- 
sion of External Affairs was created under the man- 
agement of Ms. JobyBerman, to encompass Consimier 
Affairs, Public Affairs and Marketing. 

Barnes noted that his new division was created to 
focus on the consumer perspective and highlight the 
CTA's concern for its users. "Its mission is to en- 
sure that consumer needs and interests are adequately 
addressed and acted upon," Barnes said. 

"Ctae of my goals since coming to the CTA as 
chairman has been to be more responsive to the needs 
and suggestions of our riders," Barnes added. 

The Community Relations area will be the CTA's 
investment in establishing better commimications with 
the community. The Community Relations repre- 
sentatives will promote the CTA in the neighborhoods 
and with special user markets by creating advocacy 
roles with neighborhood organizations, students, sen- 
ior citizens, and the handicapped. 

Mrs. Edwards joined the CTA in June 1974 as a 
Community News Representative in the Public Affairs 
Department. She brought with her years of experience 
and involvement in community activities from the 
Chicago Urban League where she had been employed 
for eight years as a special events coordinator. 

Mrs. Edwards currently represents the CTA on 
such boards as the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Com- 
merce, the Chicago Urban Affairs Council, the Dun- 
bar Vocational High School Advisoiy Council and the 
University of Illinois Circle Campus Business Ad- 
visory CouncU. She is also a member of the Chicago 
Association of Media Women, Inc. 

A former hi^ school teacher, Mrs. Edwards at- 
tended St. Mary's of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indi- 
ana, and Indiana University at Bloomington. She is a 

Armando Almazan 
appointed director of 
l\/ledical Administration 

CTA Chairman Eugene Mo Barnes annoimced the 
appointment of Armando Almazan to be Director of 
Medical Administration. 

Almazan, a CTA trial lawyer whose appointment 
becomes effective June 2, will head a medical staff 
of three physicians, two registered nurses, three 
medical technicians, a two-member employe counsel- 
ing service staff, and two office staff members. 

Almazan, 29, now is a member of the CTA's Law 

"Mr. Almazan was selected as the best qualified 
candidate to head the CTA's Medical Department," 
Barnes said. 

"We selected him on the basis that the CTA now re- 
quires a medical administrator with a legal back- 
ground. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement 
of Dr. George Siler. 

"Mr. Almazan will be able to deal directly with 
both the medical and legal aspects of the CTA's 
12,500 employes," Barnes said. 

Almazan, who is single and lives in Brixton Park, 
joined the CTA's Law Department on August 8, 1979. 
He earned his law degree from DePaul University in 

From 1976 to 1979, Almazan was a staff attorney 
with the Legal Assistance Foimdation's Pilsen neigh- 
borhood office, 1661 S. Blue Island ave. 

From 1974 to 1976, he worked as a law intern with 
the foundation, headquartered at 343 S. Dearborn st. 

Almazan was graduated from Harrison High School 
in 1969 and attended Loop City College from 1969 to 
1971. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology 
from the University of Iowa in 1973. 

He is a member of the Mexican-American Lawyers 
Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois 
State Bar Association. 

native of Gary, Lidiana, and has been a resident of the 
Chatham area in Chicago for the past 22 years. 

JUNE, 1980 

At 7:30 a.m., a class full of summer operators is wide awake and ready to learn. 

College students train for summer jobs 

After studying haixJ all year the average college 
student is ready for a relaxing, carefree summer, 
full of mom's home cooldng, visits with friends, and 
a summer job. Probably the last thing he or she wants 
is more hard work, irregular hours, and spending 
Saturdays on the job, right? 

Wrong. One of the most highly sought after jobs 
each summer is that of CTA temporary operator, a 
job involving irregular hours, substantial skill, and 
sometimes weekend work. This summer is no excep- 
tion, and about 800 students will be working as full- 
time temporaries by July 1st. These 800 are only a 
fraction of the number applying for the job. 

While the job is a highly paid summer occupation, 
it is also very demanding. According to Roger Tor- 
bik, personnel administrator at the Limits Training 
Center, most of the students rely upon the job to 
finance their education. The program is not limited 
to college students; many law and medical students 
are paying their tuition by working at CTA each 
summer. Some teachers are also hired. This reason 
for applying was echoed by many of the students. 

In April, applications and eligibility requirements 
were sent to 45 schools all over the state. Students 
at out of state colleges were sent information if they 
requested it. Among the requirements for first- time 
temps are two years minimimi driving experience 
(automobile); full time college attendance, with at 
least two years remaining in the degree program; 
willingness to work a variety of days and hours; and 
no traffic convictions while under the influence of 
drugs or alcohol. 

Many of the temporary operators are returning 
for their second or third summer. Since they already 

have field experience and need much less training, 
they are given preference when they apply. 

For novice temporaries, a full 15 day training 
program begins at 7:30 a.m. with classroom instruc- 
tion at the Limits Training Center. The students are 
given hats and badge numbers, a brief orientation and 
then lectured all day. Subjects this flrst day include 
general responsibilities, fare structure, transfers, 
courtesy, defensive driving and schedules. 

If all of this seems like a lot for the first day, even 
more amazing is the fact that they are tested on this 
material on the third day of the course. 

Instructor William Claiborne used slides and 
stories to get the highlights across to his students. 
The slides illustrated the different rates of fare, 
while the stories gave the students methods of handling 

Instructor William Claiborne emphasizes a point as he explains fare 
box operation. (CTA photos by Julius Brazil) 


A young driver checks rear view mirror as line instructor watches 
where the bus is going. 

commonplace problems such as old looking 11 year 
olds. (Solution: Ask the child his year of birth — then 
advise him to get a reduced fare riding card so he 
won't have any more problems.) 

The rookie operators have many questions, mostly 
based upon problems they have seen as passengers. 
One student asked about riders sneaking through the 
back door and refusing to pay at heavy transfer points. 
Claiborne explained that after politely asking them to 
come forward and pay, the most effective solution was 
to say, "This bus doesn't move until everyone pays 
their way." The peer pressure of other riders eager 
to get home or to work usually sends the troublemakers 
to the farebox. 

On the second day of training, students get behind 
the wheel of a bus for the first time. They learn to 
maneuver the bus around a pylon course, practice de- 
fensive driving skills, sldd prevention, and generally 
get used to the feeling of driving something three 
times as large as anything they've ever driven be- 
fore. The practice driving session takes place at 
either the North Avenue or 77th Street garage. 

The third day of instruction involves a test on the 
information learned the two previous days. More 

Left: Summer operator 
Curtis IVIacMullen atten- 
tively listens to the early 
morning lecture. 

Will he or won't he? Summer operators learn how to control skids 
at North Avenue Garage. 

lectures on defensive driving; use of the fire ex- 
tinguisher; route maps; clerical work and a general 
review comprise the rest of the day. 

On the 4th and 5th days the temporaries are sent 
to their home garages. After a brief orientation and 
tour, they are set loose on the streets of Chicago. 
The bus is not in service, and a line instructor who 
is exceptionally qualified in bus operation rides along, 
but the experience is both thrilling and a little un- 

For the next five days the novices get to practice 
everything they've learned, both in the classroom and 
in the field, imder the very close supervision of a line 
instructor. The summe r temporaries drive in-service, 
on regular routes from their home garage. After suc- 
cessfully completing this task, it's back to the class- 
room for discussion of any problems they may have 
encountered, a few more lectures, and final exams. 

While their exams are being graded, the new opera- 
tors go back in service, again with a line instructor. 
On the 15th day, if everything has gone well, the stu- 
dents line up for uniform and license inspection by 
their garage supervisor, take a final quiz, and become 
full fledged student temporary bus operators. 

Right: Three soon-to-be 
operators gather around 
the wheel as line instruc- 
tor explains operation of 
the bus. 

JUNE, 1980 

Barbara Wilkerson, 77th Street, 
impressed Irmgard Speer of King 
Drive, a passenger on her 4 
Cottage Grove bus. "I am semi- 
invalid, and have to take my 
time In stepping onto the bus. 
The driver was extremely cour- 
teous and understanding, which 
pleased me. I observed that 
every passenger received the same 
kind and friendly treatment. It 
was pleasant to see the reaction 
of the people. As we approached 
Harrison street, a station wagon 
cut in front of the bus. After 
this dangerous automobile driver 
cut so close, I thought she would 
lose her pleasant attitude, but 
she was just as calm and nice as 
before. This lady deserves the 
greatest compliment, please 
convey It to her." 

Operator Juan Mercado, North 
Park, was commended by Edwin 
Alvarez of Chicago for his quick 
thinking and bravery. Alvarez 
was being assaulted by two men 
on a street corner when Mercado's 
Kimball-Homan bus approached. 
The operator jumped off the bus 
and came to the rescue of 
Alvarez. The assailants immed- 
iately fled, and Alvarez credits 
Mercado with perhaps saving 
his life. 

commendation corner 

Lachester Drain, Limits, was praised by Richard 
Hochman, a passenger on the 149 Stateliner route. "I 
want you to know that driver #7981 was without doubt 
the most knowledgeable, articulate, polite, friendliest 
and helpful CTA bus driver I can ever recall in many 
years of riding the CTA. I was really impressed with 
his ability to give route and transfer information to 
passengers along the way, and his manner in so doing. 
I commended him personally as I departed, but would 
like his personnel file to reflect this accolade." 

Carl Lambert, North Park, was called "a most ex- 
cellent bus operator" by Eilleen Witty of West School 
street. Ms. Witty also said, "This man has been sim- 
shineand blue sMes for all who ride his Damen avenue 
bus. What a joy it is to catch his bus early in the 
morning! His 'good morning', 'how are you', and 'have 
a good day', are only a small part of his warm hospi- 
tality. He has special words for regular riders, and 
always has a smile. I wish we had more like him." 

Operator Georgia Harris, North Park, was com- 
plimented by Frances Maunter of West Birchwood, a 
passenger on her 147 Sheridan bus. "Operator #9172 
is a brave heroine. She rescued a little boy about 
three years of age as he attempted to cross busy Sher- 
idan Roado He was lost, and the driver called the pol- 
ice. She also comforted this hysterical little boy tlntil 
the police arrived. I really believe she saved his life." 

Conductor John Cameron, South Section, received 
credit from Fred Gauley, a rider on his North-South 
train. "This young conductor was friendly, efficient 
and courteous in announcing stops and transfers. He 
made me feel that my welfare and safety was of con- 
cern to him and the CTA. As passengers departed he 

advised them to 'watch your step', and thanked them 
for riding the CTA. John Cameron is an excellent 
flesh and blood representative of the CTA, his attitude, 
manifested in this form as a job well done." 

Willie Borders, North Avenue, received thanks 
from Kathleen Luttrell, a rider on his 131 Washington 
route. "I inadvertantly left my purse on the bus. Need- 
less to say, I was sure that I would never see it again. 
However, thanks to Mr. Borders, my purse was re- 
turned intact to the lost and found department. He 
has helped me restore my faith in himian nature. It 
is nice to see the CTA has men of such high integrity 
and honesty." 

Carlos Monroy, North Park, attracted the attention 
of Loretta Donnelly of North Wayne, a passenger on 
his 151 Sheridan bus. "I would like you to know how 
patient he was with all of the senior citizens, es- 
pecially one old lady with a walker. He got off the bus 
and put her walker on, and then he helped her up. She 
was only riding a few blocks to the grocery store, 
where he helped her off. Operator #9632 is a real 
gentleman. These days a little kindness goes a long 
way. I'm getting old, too, and he really renewed my 
faith in human nature." 

Victoria Nesbitt, North Park, was commended by 
Edith Lapidus of Devon ave., a rider on her 155 Devon 
bus. "When I got on the bus she met me with a smile. 
She was courteous and patient with all of the questions 
asked of her. Some newly arrived Russians got on the 
bus. They were having a difficult time with their 
English, and the driver took the time to listen to them, 
and answered them as best she could. I have ridden 
on her bus before, and she is always nice to everyone." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employes 
receiving commendations recently 

HipoUto Abreu, North Avenue; 
Armando Alvarez, North Park, and 
Robert Anderson, Beverly. 

Pedro Balderas, North Park; 
Everett Brown and Deloyd Brown, 
both of Forest Glen. 

Jean Cage and Gregory Croom, 
both of Limits; Naomi Caldwell, 
77th Street; Curtis Cheung, Forest 
Glen; John Cooper, District D; and 
JacqueHne Cousin, Archer. 

Hillard Derengowski and Gerald 
Doherty, both of North Park; and 
Herman Duffin and Emanuel Dupree, 
both of Forest Glen. 

Constantino Estrada, Forest Glen. 

Eddie Figeuroa, North Park. 

John Gibson, North Avenue; Corine 
Glaspie, West Section; Domingo 

Gonzales, Archer; Odell Granger, 
Forest Glen; and B. T. Gregory, North 

Eldred Hall, North Park. Hyman 
Harrison, Forest Glen, Patricia 
Hegwood, North Section; and Ric- 
ardo Herrera, Archer. 

Clyde Jackson Jr., Archer; Mary 
Jerry, Woodrow Johnson and Betty 
Jones, all of Limits; William Johnson 
Jr. and Ronald Jones, both of 52nd 

Edward Kaminski, Archer; and 
Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen. 

John Lemond and Ruben Lopez, 
both of North Park; and Madeleine 
Lyons, Archer. 

John Mack, Lawndale; WilUam 
Marsh, Archer; Michael Matas and 
Alvin McDowell, both of Forest Glen; 
Carol Miles and Na Im Muhammad, 
both of North Avenue; Sylvester 

Morgan, 69th Street; and Alice Mosely, 

Hector Nieves, Forest Glen. 

Hartwell Onstott, North Avenue. 

Vema Reed, Limits; and Jose 
Roman, North Park. 

Frank Serrano, North Avenue; 
and Michael Schleyer and Joe Spears, 
both of Forest Glen. 

Earl Terry, Forest Glen; Samuel 
Thornton, 77th Street; and Wilfredo 
Torres, North Park. 

Arturo Valdez, Johnny Van and 
Jose Vega, all of North Park; and 
Mario Vargas, Forest Glen. 

William Walter and Ernest WilUams, 
both of 69th Street; Wayne Wardlow 
and Lowell Wilson, both of North 
Avenue; Cleven Wardlow, Limits; 
Charles Whitman Jr., Lawndale; and 
ArUs Wilson, North Park. 

Jacques Yezeguiehan, Forest Glen. 


Ward Chamberlain, superintendent 
of North Avenue garage since 1974, 
has been appointed area superintend- 
ent, Near South. Chamberlain began 
his transit career as a conductor at 
Lincoln in 1946. He became a bus 
driver in 1951, and supervisor and in- 
structor in 1957. In 1966 he was 
named rehef station superintendent, 
and, in 1970, assistant superintendent, 
Lawndale. Chamberlain was selected 
superintendent, Kedzie, in 1973. He 
and his wife. Marge, Uve in the Lake- 
view neighborhood and have a son and 
a daughter and four grandchildren. 

Raymond Colello, who joined CTA 
as a streetcar conductor at Lawndale 
in 1947, is now back at Lawndale as 
superintendent. He became a bus 
driver in 1955, and a supervisor four 
years later. In 1969 Colello was 
chosen instructor, and, in 1974, assist- 
ant superintendent, 77th Street. Since 
1978 he had been assistant superintend- 
ent, Kedzie and Lawndale. Colello 
and his wife, EUzabeth, have four 
daughters, a son, and two grandchil- 
dren, and make their home in Hinsdale, 

Also in Transportation, five former 
management/professional interns have 
been appointed assistant superintend- 
ents. The new appointees and their 
assigned areas are; Benjamin McCruel 
and Paul Singer, both Near North; 
George Weathers and Alton Wilhams, 
both Near South; and Lloyd St. James 
Far South. New as an m/p intern is 
William Jaycox, former driver. Forest 

In Operations Planning, Wilham 
Stanley has been promoted from 
schedule maker to supervisor, Schedule 
Processing & Development, while in 

Ward Chamberlain 

Vehicle Maintenance, David Kowalski 
has moved from unit supervisor. 
Intern, to unit supervisor. Terminals. 

New as station clerks in Trans- 
portation are David Alexander, former 
money handler. Treasury; Vivian 
Robinson, former payroll clerk, Finan- 
cial Services; Joe Lucas, former ticket 
agent. West Section, and Guy Stut- 
tley, former travel information rep- 
resentative. Management Services. Now 
serving as service truck chauffeurs. 
Transportation - Utility, are Karl 
Duncan, former driver, Beverly, and 
Steven Kriss, former engine washer. 
Forest Glen. 

Marron Robinson, former driver. 

Raymond Colello 

69th Street, has been selected traffic 
checker. Operations Planning. In 
Management Services, John Dilworth 
has moved from mail clerk to prin- 
cipal mail clerk, while Carmen Parker, 
former typist. Insurance & Pensions, 
has become utUity clerk. Materials 

Wilham Unwin, former electrical 
worker apprentice. South Shops, has 
been chosen steamfitter apprentice, 
Plant Maintenance. New in Plant 
Maintenance as substation attendant is 
Robert Wilson, former conductor, 
North Section. At Skokie Shop, 
Leroy Hamilton has moved from unit 
exchange clerk to shipping clerk. 

JUNE, 1980 

y ^^ 

High flying hobby 

"Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones. 
The difference is only in the price. " 

Ben Franklin 

Joe Kasper and Casimer (Casey) Strzynski, both of South 
Shops, argree with Ben's old wise saying. 

Both built model airplanes powered by wound-up rubber 
bands when they were teenagers, and now, as mature adults, 
they have returned to their teenage fascination with flight. 

Instead of rubber bands in dollar airplane kits, both men 
now build fuel powered, radio controlled model airplanes 
having five-foot wingspans and costing about $500 each. 

"This is a thrilling hobby, although it's expensive," ob- 
served Strzynski, a machinist. "There's a challenge in 
building these big models - - there's excitement in seeing 
them soaring high into the sky under my radio control - - 
there's the pleasure of getting out into the fresh air and 
sunshine. It's a great substitute for the TV blahs." 

Joe Kasper, a mechanic, has been building model 
planes for several years, and he has earned an excellent 
reputation in this exacting hobby. He said he built a model 
plane for the son of Dick Butkus, TV personality and former 
member of the Chicago Bears football team. 

Kasper figured it takes from 75 to 100 hours to build a 
radio controlled model airplane and have it ready for flight. 

"The most difficult part of building a model is putting 
the plastic covering on the wings, tail assembly, and fuse- 
lage (body) of the model," Kasper said. 

A completed model weighs about eight pounds and con- 
tains a tiny one cylinder engine to drive the propeller, a fuel 
tank with a capacity of up to 12 ounces (usually a blend of 
castor oil, nitro, and methanol), a dry cell battery, and a 
radio receiver to take signals from the ground-based radio 
control unit. 

"In order to fly radio controlled planes, a person must 
have a radio license from the Federal Communications 
Commission and hold a membership in the Academy of 
Model Aeronautics," Kasper said. 

Kasper belongs to the 50-member Radio Control Club 
of Chicago with its flying field in the Kickapoo Woods 
forest preserve at 145 th and Halsted streets near Riverdale. 

Strzynski belongs to the Palos Flying Club of Palos Hills 
which has 255 members and meets at its fiying field in 
Morrill Meadow in the Palos Division forest preserve at 107th 
street and Mannheim road near Palos Park. 

"Our planes have horizontal distance radio control of up 
to 400 feet and can soar up to a mile high. Some models 
have speeds up to 1 20 miles an hour," Kasper said. 

"In addition to the joy of flying our own hand-built 
planes, we have an extra thrill - - aerial combat com- 
petitions." In aerial combat, planes are equipped with paper 
streamers on long strings attached to the combatants' tail 
assemblies. Points (or "hits") are scored on the number of 
inches of streamer cut off by propellers of the remote con- 
trolled dog fighters in the sky. When an entire streamer is 
destroyed, this is scored as a "kill" and the streamerless 
plane is withdrawn from competition, Kasper explained. 

In addition to combat competitions, clubs hold shows 
where entrant's models are judged, pattern flying contests 
are held, and trophies are awarded. 


Top: Radio controlled aerial combatants 
soar high into the sky in a dog fight 
controlled by radio signals from the 
ground. Cutting pieces off paper stream- 
ers constitutes a "hit." When the entire 
streamer is destroyed by the victor's 
propeller, that is a "kill" and streamer- 
less plane is withdrawn from combat 

Opposite page: Joe Kasper (far left) 
shows off his "Flying Leatherneck." 
Casey Strzynski (left) proudly displays 
his "Quick Fly III" (foreground) and a 
training plane. The "Quick Fly III" won 
a third place trophy for pattern flying 
at the Orland Expo No. 1. 

Above, right: Kasper, with radio control 
transmitter in hand, directs flight of his 
model plane. 

Above: Radio controlled planes take on 
an aura of excitement in flight. This 
handsome biplane model is owned by 
John Carney, past president of Radio 
Control Club of Chicago. 

Right: Some members of the Radio 
Control Club of Chicago and admirers 
with club members' planes. Joe Kasper 
(fifth from left) is a long-time member 
of the 25 year old club. 

JUNE, 1980 







Harlan H. S. 

Lindblom H. S. 

Hubbard H.S. 

Austin H.S. 

Juarez H.S. 

Julian H. S. 

Minnie Turner 

Anthony Blazevich 

Melvin Bond 

Pedro Borrero Sr. 

Marshall Boyd 


North Section 




52nd Street 



Gallery of June 

In CTA Families 

Here are the proudest pictures 
of the year identified by name, 
school, parents and parent's 
CTA work location. 


Howe Military Acad. 

George M. Butler 


Elmhurst College 

Govan Campbell 



Holy Cross H. S. 

Joe J. Cecala 

Internal Audit. 


Elk Grove H.S. 

William C. Chamerlik 

West Shops 







Bradley Univ. 

Young H. S. 

Notre Dame H, S. 

Harper H. S. 

Crane H. S. 

Evanston T.H. S. 

Patrick J. Clifford 

Joseph L. Connors 

David Copeland 

Jacqueline Cousin 

Lenora Crusoe 

Rod Daugherty 

Grant Property 





Materials Mgt. 







Evanston T. H. S. 

Andrew H. S. 

Mother McAuley 

Crown Academy 

Seton H. S. 

Eisenhower H. S. 

Rod Daugherty 

Leonard Davenport 

Ozie Davis 

Albert Dayan 

Lyie Deransburg 

George De Young 

Materials Mgt. 

Skokie Shops 

69th Street 


Rail South 

South Section 




^ -V T.^ 



Bremen H. S. 
John P. Doyle 
West Shops 

St. Xavier Col. 
Frenchie Ellis 
Control Center 


Gordon Tech H. S. 

Pedro Exposito Sr. 

Forest Glen 


Loyola Univ. 

James M. Fahey 

Rail North 


Westinghouse H. S 

Robert H. Farrell 

North Avenue 


Mt. Assissi Acad. 

Roger Ferguson 




'i\ , 

Eisenhower H. S. 
Edward P. Flaherty 
Plant Maintenance 


Tinlev Park H. S. 

Howard Freeman 

District B. 


Quigley North 

Ted J. Galus 

Forest Glen 

Schaumburg H. S. 
Vincent Gasparaitis 



Jones Commercial 

Maerine Gathings 

61st Street 


Andrew H. S. 

Don Gierhahn 


^ w 


Young H. S. 


Steinmetz H. S 

Peter J. Graf 



Chicago Voc. H. S. 

Marsha Spires 



Hyde Pk. Acad. 

Leroy Greathouse 

52nd Street 


South Shore H. S 

Anna M. Stewart 

77th Street 


First Lutheran H. S. 

Raymond N. Hamb 



Gordon Tech. H. S. 

Raymond L. Hart 



Fenger H. S- 

Peggy Haymon 

Agent Supervisor 

Holy Cross H. S. 
Rod Heffernan 
Revenue Acct. 

Evanston T. H. S. 

Harold Hirsch 
Operations Plan. 


Tilden H. S. 

Arthur C. Hubbard 


JUNE, 1980 




St. Xavier Coll. 


Young H. S. 

James H. Irwin 

Lawn dale 


Otha Isaac 
North Park 


Harlan H. S. 

Andrew Jackson 



Harlan H. S. 

Andrew Jackson 



DuSable H. S. 

Arthur Jackson 

63rd Street Yard 


Thornridge H. S. 

John G. Jankus 

South Shops 


St. Rita H. S. 

Gerald Jeracki 



So. Shore H. S. 

Gersham Johnson 

North Park 


So. Shore H. S. 

Gersham Johnson 

North Park 


So. Shore H. S. 

Gersham Johnson 

North Park 

Texas Luther Col. 

Joan Johnson 
Analysis Systems 


Jones Commercial 

Felipe J. Bernal 

69th Street 


Von Steuben H. S. 

Adilia Rosado 

North Park 


Downers Grove H. S. 

George Kahlfeldt 


Mt. Carmel H. S. 

George Kirby 

Contract Const. 


Maine West H. S. 

Kenneth Kleich 



Reavis H. S. 

Thomas Kman 

South Shops 

Andrew H. S. 
Henry J. Krob 
South Shops 


Hubbard H. S. 

Max R. Kuchan 

South Shops 


Evergreen Pk. H. S. 

Donald M. Kuratnik 



Brother Rice H. S. 

Donald M. Kuratnik 










Bogan H. S. 

Mather H. S. 

Maine So. H. S. 

Simeon H. S. 

DePaul Univ. 

Proviso West H.S. 

Thomas S. Lally 

Eriinda Lapid 

Joseph Lazzara 

James Leiand 

Clinton Lewis 

Hank Luebeck 



Grant Program 

Jefferson Park 

69th Street 

Capital Dvlpt. 







Taft H. S. 

Thornton H. S. 

Lmdblom H. S. 

Immaculate Heart 

St. Francis H. S. 

Chicago Vocational 

Salvatore Marsico 

Lawrence E. May 

Johnnie M. McClure 

James L. Mc Curtis 

Miriam Melgarejo 

Thomas Menson 

Forest Glen 

95th Dan Ryan 

Central Assignment 

Forest Park 

North Section 








A. A. Stagg H. S. 

Corliss H. S. 

So. Shore H. S. 

So. Shore H. S. 

Madonna H. S. 

Dunbar H. A. 

Bernard Michalski 

Adrian C. Miller 

Michael J. Moore 

Michael J. Moore 

Barbara Murphy 

Hattie Murphy 

West Shops 

West Section 



North Avenue 



St. Benedict H. S. 

Salvatore Muscarello 

North Park 


Roosevelt H. S. 

Mushtaq Ahmad 

Forest Glen 

Calumet H. S. 
Howard Hill 
69th Street 


Lane Tech. H. S. 

Richard Nelson Sr. 



Bogan H. S. 

Dominic Nicosia 

98th Shop R. V. M, 


Tinley Pk. H. S. 

Stanley Nieman 

South Shops 

JUNE, 1980 









Dunbar H. S. 

Chicago Vocational 

Cregier H. S. 

Lindblom H. S. 

John C. Norman 

William Oliver 

Viola Paschal 

Frank Peppers 

South Shops 

District A 


Training Center 







Immaculata H. S. 

Case Western U. 

Lane Tech. H, S. 

Lindblom H.S. 

Corliss H. S. 


Rafael A. Perez 

Wesley Pinchot 

James Plomin 

Albert Porter 

Thomas E. Porter 

Phillip Purdie 

District C 


Kimball Shop 


South Shops 









Foreman H. S. 

Hyde Park Acad. 

NilesWest H S. 

Tuskegee Inst 

Evergreen Park H. S. 

Edward Reaux 

Joseph J. Remele 

Frank Riley Jr. 

William H. Risoff 

Glenn A. Ross 

Nick Ruggiero 

Control Center 

Forest Glen 

77th Street 

West Shops 

P. S Control 

CTA Board 


Grinnelt College Nazareth Acad. 

Willie Satterfield Cornelius Schaaf 

Lawndale 54th Street Shop 


Southern Univ. 

Joyce M. Calhoun 

77th Street 

Gage Park H. S. 

Dave Smith 
Stores ■ South 


Young H. S. 

James A Smith 


De LaSalle 
LeoW. Smith 
South Shops 




Evanston T. H. S. 

Oswald Smith 

North Park 


Lindblom H. S. 

John Smith 


Lindblom H. S. 

James H. Stewart 

77th Street 


Bloom Trail H. S. 

Edward Sullivan 



Unity H. S. 

Donaldson Thompson 

Storeroom 48 

Eisenhower H. S. 
John M. Thurow 
Central Counting 


Fenton H. S. 

Alvin Tritthardt 

Forest Glen 



Robert Valerious 

77th Street 


St. Patrick H. S. 

Spelio P. Verges 

West Shops 


Lindblom H. S. 

Claudette West brook 

South Section 

Lindblom H. S. 
Willie White 
Control Center 

Dunbar H. S. 

Earl Williams 





Simeon Vocational 

Acad. Of Our Lady 

South Shore H. S. 

III. State Univ. 

Russel J. Williams 

Lorraine Chandler 

AndrewW. Windham 

John L.Woods 

77th Street 

South Section 

77th Street 

Agent Supervisor 


Textbook Exchange to be offered 
by Tuition Aid Plan 

A textbook exchange program is being sponsored by the Tuition Aid 

Any employe interested in selling college or university textbooks used 
in the past year should send the following inforination to the Tuition 
Aid Plan/Textbook Exchange, room 752. Mart, by July 25th, 1980: 
Employe's name and badge number 
Home telephone number 
College or University 
Textbooks/Course Titles and number 
This inforination will be used to prepare a hst of available books. 
Employes wisliing a copy of the list should send their name, badge num- 
ber, department and work location to the Tuition Aid Plan/Textbook 
Exchange. Names for the mailing list must be received by August 6th, 


The textbook list will be inailed on August 11th, 1980. Employes are 
responsible for all transactions, and are strongly reminded to check with 
their college for any textbook changes that might have occurred. 

Ronald J, Mazlarka superintendent. 
Mechanical Engineering, received a 
Master's Degree In Business Admin- 
istration from Rosary College on 
May 10. He Is a Registered Pro- 
fessional Engineer and holds two 
bachelor's degrees In Electrical 
Engineering (1962) and Mechanical 
Engineering (1960) from Chicago 
Technical College. 

JUNE, 1980 


Public Service 

Bus driver Roland Fortier 
(Archer garage) received the 
coveted Superior Public Service 
Award for 1980 as the Outstanding 
General Service Employe in 
metropolitan Chicago, 

Fortier received a plaque 
during the May 8 awards luncheon 
program in the Palmer House. 
Six other CTA employes received 
certificates for being finalists in 
the 12th annual competitiono 

They are Chris Kalogeras, 
director, Plant Engineering, in the 
Outstanding Executive Employe 
Category; Donald Lemm, director. 
Insurance, in the Outstanding Su- 
pervisory Employe Category; 
James Dudley, safety supervisor. 
Maintenance, Frederick Mead, 
imit supervisor, safety inspector/ 
investigations. Safety, and Claude 
Stevens, principal safety analyst. 
Transportation, in the Outstanding 
Public Safety Employe Categoiy, 
and Bemice Smith, executive 
secretary. Maintenance, in the 
Outstanding Clerical Employe 

Showing their Superior Public Service awards are (from left): Chris Kalogeras, director. Plant 
Engineering; Donald Lemm, director. Insurance Claude Stevens, principal safety analyst. 
Transportation; Roland Fortier, bus driver. Archer, Frederick Mead, unit supervisor, safety 
inspector/investigations. Safety; James Dudley, safety supervisor. Maintenance, and Bernlce 
Smith, executive secretary. Maintenance. 

Fortier was nominated for the 
award because of his record of 
having driven more than two mil- 
lion miles without a chargeable 
accident and he has proven to be a 
model driver in every respect 
during his career at the CTA. He 
plans to retire later this year after 
39 years in public transit. 

Charles Marshall, president of 

niuiois Bell Telephone company, 
was moC, at the awards luncheon. 
The Superior Public Service 
Awards program is sponsored by 
the City of Chicago, Chicago Board 
of Education, City Colleges of 
Chicago, Chicago Housing Author- 
ity, Metropolitan Sanitary District 
of Greater Chicago, Chicago Park 
District, and the CTA. 

Youth l\/lotivation participants honored 

Nine CTA employes were honored 
at a luncheon May 16th for their 
participation in the 14th annual Em- 
ployment Youth Motivation Program 
sponsored by the Chicago Association 
of Commerce and Industry. 

The employes functioned as speak- 
ers at high schools ail over the city, 
giving motivational talks to minority 

Harriett Murphy, special projects 
coordinator, Human Resources, was 
CTA's personnel advisor for the pro- 
gram. She selected employes who are 
young enough for high school students 
to emulate and from similar socio- 
economic backgrounds. In this way, 
the students perceived the CTA speak- 
ers as role models. 

Dan Kane, education coordinator, 
Sales/Risk Management, was the CTA 
chairperson for the event. His role 
was to coordinate a year-long program 
with Oak Park - River Forest High 
School, organizing speakers from a 
wide variety of companies. 



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Dan Kane 

The usual program includes 18 
speakers divided into classroom groups. 
The speakers discuss where they work, 
how they got their job, and stressed 

the importance of staying in school 
and developing job skills. Much of 
the program is open to question and 
answer sessions. 

All speakers attended orientation 
sessions deaUng with public speaking 
and typical student reactions to the 
program. The speaker participants 
were also given CTA and Employment 
Youth Motivation Program fact sheets. 

Each participant received a cer- 
tificate of merit from the Association 
of Commerce and Industry at the 
luncheon held in their honor. 

In addition to Kane and Murphy, 
the employes honored were: Karen 
Domino, agent supervisor. Transpor- 
tation; Juanita Fields, office services 
clerk. Support Services; Howard 
Garrison, architectural designer, En- 
gineering, Ervin Harris, artist. Human 
Resources; Rudy Mendez, human rela- 
tions speciahst. Human Resources; 
Ronald Tuck, personnel analyst. Hu- 
man Resources, and Mike Wisbrod, 
civil engineer. Engineering. 



Retirees honored 

George Krambles, retired CTA executive director, is congratulated by 
IVIayor Jane IVI. Byrne on the occasion of his induction into the Chicago 
Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, on the evening of IVIay 27 at Preston 
Bradley Hall in The Chicago Public Library Cultural Center. The award 
was presented in recognition of his achievements and contributions 
to the City of Chicago during his 43 year career, devoted to improving 
Chicago's public transportation. 

Jack H. Smith, nationally syndi- 
cated columnist and former direc- 
tor of publications and editor of 
the CTA Quarterly (right), has 
received a national distinguished 
service award called the Evergreen, 
from the National Association of 
Mature People (NAMP). 

Smith's column, "Time of Your 
Life," is distributed nationwide 
by United Feature Syndicate, and 
he was recognized by NAMP for 
"the best example of regular fea- 
ture writing on the subject of 
mature living with special emphasis 
on the realties of retirement, con- 
tinued contribution to society and 
personal guidance." 

"My honor in receiving this 
Evergreen Award is deepened by 
the gratitude I feel toward NAMP 
for recognizing that mature people 
are and can continue to be con- 
structive, well-adjusted forces in neighborhood, community and nation- 
al life, and not objects of pity or disuse," Smith said in his acceptance 

"The Evergreen Award was created to honor individuals in various 
fields of endeavor for their contributions to the American way of live, 
and especially to recognize either outstanding achievements of older 
Americans or contributions to the betterment and understanding of 
mature living," said Richard E. Shepherd, executive secretary of the 
national non-profit, educational organization. 

Smith became editor and director of publications for the CTA 
Quarterly in 1974 and served until 1977, when he retired and moved 
to a retirement home in El Paso, Texas. He is 67. 

Others receiving the award were comedian-actor George Burns and 
Nelson Cruikshank, President Carter's counselor on aging. 

Yvonne Howze 



It took Yvonne Howze of South Shops four 
years, but she has finally nailed down her 
joumeyperson's papers. 

Mrs. Howze will end her four-year ap- 
prenticeship program in June and become a 
joumeyperson in Local 1922, Chicago 
District Council, United Brotherhood of 
Carpenters and Joiners of America. 

"She becomes about the 10th woman in 
our district council which munbers about 
30,000 carpenters," said Charles Svec, mill 
representative of the union. Svec repre- 
sents union members in shops. 

William Miller, acting carpenter shop foreman. 
South Shops, congratulates Mrs. Yvonne Howze 
for completing her four-year carpenter's ap- 

Jorge Bolanos 

In this special 
letter we wish to 
acknowledge the 
benevolence of one 
of your employes, 
Jorge Bolanos, our 
brother. We want 
to publicly recog- 
nize and thank htm 
for all the econom- 
ic and moral sup- 
port he has pro- 
vided us in our 
personal develop- 
ment as productive and useful citizens. 

A social worker, an architect, and a 
medical doctor are the result of his 
many years of hard work and sacrifice. 

Jorge's entire salary was used to 
help us. His good humor and day to 
day words of comfort provided the 
necessary moral support. 

He sacrificed his own studies be- 
cause someone had to earn the daily 

We are certain that the character- 
istics which make Jorge a great son, 
brother and family member also make 
him an outstanding CTA employe. 

We have run out of words to express 
our gratitude. We dedicate our ac- 
complishments to our brother, for it is 
because of Jorge Bolanos that we have 
been able to reach our goals. 

Luis Armando Bolanos 

Ruben Dario Bolanos 

Celmira Bolanos 

Group Travel 
offers events 
and discounts 

Two Group Travel Program events 
which proved to be very popular last year 
will be held again this summer. 
Illinois Railway Museum 

On August 23, you can once again ride 
the i-ails of yesteryear at the Illinois Rail- 
way Museum in Union, 111. Last year's 
visit featured movies, rides on historic 
equipment, and a handcar race. (See 
Transit News , September, 1979, page 8.) 
Santa's Village 

A Family Picnic at Santa's VUlage in- 
cluding rides, games, prizes, and re- 
freshments will take place on Sunday, 
September 14. (See Transit News , July, 
1979, page 4.) 
Recreation Discounts 

The Group Travel Program is also of- 
fering discount programs for recreational 
activities in the Chicago area. These in- 
clude half-price tickets for Plitt and Rose 
movie theatres, tickets for the Great 
America amusement park discounted to 
$8 from the normal price of $11, and "2 for 
1" coupons for free rounds of golf at many 
courses in the Chicago area, Indiana, and 

For information about the above events 
contact Ms. Harriett Murphy, special 
projects coordinator. Human Resources, 
Room 7-170, Mart, Ext. 751. 

JUNE, 1980 


safety awards 

Two long time "also rans" for the CTA's Public Safety 
Award finished first for the first quarter of 1980. The 
winners are Forest Glen garage and the Kimball terminal 
of the Ravenswood 'L' route. 

Determination often leads to success - - that's the formula 
used by the 600 drivers of the Forest Glen garage. 

"The drivers of our 20 routes were trying extra hard 
to top the other nine garages, and they did," said Hugh 
Masterson, Forest Glen's superintendent. 

Here are the winning statistics: A traffic accident rate of 
3.73 per 100,000 miles of driving and a passenger accident 
rate of 0.59 per 1 00,000 miles of driving. 

Another reason for their determination - - not reflected 
in the statistics - - Forest Glen hadn't won the Public Safety 
Award since the second quarter of 1977. 

Over the rail side, it was the 120 operating members of 
the Kimball terminal who made a team effort to come in 
with the winning average of the combined traffic and passen- 
ger accident frequency of 0.25 for each 100,000 miles of 
operation in the first quarter of 1980. 

The award was a long time coming. Kimball hadn't won 
the award since the first quarter of 1973. 

"Now that we won the award, we're going to work hard 
to keep it - - for a long time," vowed Bill Rooney, assistant 
superintendent at Kimball. 

Rooney presented Outstanding Employe of the Year 
Awards to two Kimball operating employes, Lucretius Bell, 
motorman, and Rodrigo Gonzalez, conductor. 

Tom Boyle (left) manager. Safety Department, presents travelling 
Public Safety Award plaque to Hugh Masterson, superintendent. 
Forest Glen garage in informal ceremony May 7 at Forest Glen. 

Herman Duffin (second from left) and Thaddeus Zbed (second from 
right) display their special recognition certificates for being outstanding 
employes. They are flanked by Henderson Williams (far left) and 
Martin Delconte (far right) Local 241 union representatives. 

Sense of satisfaction is seen on faces of Forest Glen drivers witnessing awards ceremony in their garage's train room. 

Bill Rooney, (second from right) assistant superintendent, Kimball 
terminal, accepts Safety Award plaque from Ed Henry, supervisor, 
safety performance analysis. Safety, in Kimball terminal train room. 
Joining the informal ceremony are (from left) James Blaa, manager. 
Transportation; Patrick O'Malley, assistant superintendent, Howard 
terminal, and at far right, William Limanowski, superintendent of 
Howard and Kimball terminals. 

Employes show their interest and pleasure during award ceremony 
in Kimball's train room. 



Angela Menson 
runs like the wind 


Remember the name 
Angela Menson— a young 
lady destined for an out- 
stajiding career in wo- 
men's track and field and 
perhaps an Olympic berth 
when the U.S. resumes 
competition in 1984. 

The 16-year-old An- 
gela, daughter of CTAbus 
driver Thomas Menson of 
Beverly garage, runs like 
the proverbial wind for 
Chicago Vocational High 
School, She excels in the 
individual dashes, the 100 
and 220 and the relay 
events and she has a 
stack of medals to show 
for her performances. 

Angela's proudest possession is a gold medal in 
recognition of noteworthy achievement in winning the 
220-yard national jvmior title last August at UCLA in 
the ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) Jesse Owens games, 
competing against a field of entrants representing 14 

Angela says the "biggest thrill of her life" was the 
day Jesse Owens awarded her the gold medal and auto- 
graphed the case containing it. 

Her father, who was an athlete himself in his 
younger days, says that there isn't enough room on 
the mantle for Angela's medals earned in the various 

track meets sponsored by the Chicago Jvmior Chamber 
of Commerce and the AAU Jvinior Olympics. 

His daughter also competes during the simimer 
months as a member of a church-sponsored track 
club. She has competed in as many as four events in 
a single day, a gruelling schedule for a youngster. 

Her principal events include the 100 and 220 yard 
dashes, the 440 yard run, and the 880 yard relay. 

In this year's state prep track meet, Angela was 
hampered by a pulled leg muscle, but still managed to 
place in the 220 yard dash. 

An excellent student, Angela is planning on attend- 
ing college and, with the growing emphasis on women's 
sports competition at the collegiate level, she un- 
doubtedly will be a much sought after prospect for 
women's track and field. 

Track is not the only sport for Miss Menson, She 
is an avid bowling devotee and knocks down the pins at 
a highly creditable 142 average, 

Angela, says her mother, Mrs. Mae Menson, is so 
busy that the family usually sees her only at meal- 
times. In addition to track, she is a prep squad cheer- 
leader at her school, 

"My daughter's energy is seemingly boundless," 
says Mrs. Menson, "She never stops. Angela has 
loved competing in sports ever since she was a little 

It is a safe prediction that Angela will emerge as a 
top competitor in women's collegiate sports if she 
keeps going as she has to date. 

And the late Jesse Owens woidd be very proud of the 
young girl he awarded that gold medal at UCLA in the 
summer of 1979. 

Owens has inspired many young people and Angela 
Menson is a prime example of everything Jesse stood 
for— the building of character through good sportsman- 
ship, competition, and fellowship. 

Ball field named 
in honor of Banks 

A baseball diamond in Rockford, Illinois, has been 
named Ernie Banks Field in honor of the Chicago 
Cubs' Hall of Fame stat who is a member of the 
Chicago Transit Authority's Board, 

Several thousand persons attended the event at 
Roy Gale Park on May 17 for the dedication cere- 
monies honoring Banks, who retired in 1971 but still 
retains the glamour of his heyday as a Cub. 

Banks was named to the Hall of Fame at Coopers- 
town, N.Y., on the veiy first ballot by the Baseball 
Writers Association of America, an honor distinctive 
In itself. 

For 19 seasons he was a magnificent competitor 
for the Cubs — a two-time winner of the National 
League's most valuable player award in consecutive 
seasons, 1958 and 1959, 

Banks hit 512 career home runs to tie for ninth 
place with Eddie Mathews among the all time home 

run leaders. He was a member of 13 National League 
all-star teams and twice led the league in the runs 
batted in column. In 1959 Banks made only 12 errors 
as shortstop in 155 games. 

The versatile Banks switched to first base in 1961, 
and also made brief appearances at third and in the 
outfield during his lengthy Cub career. 

Jim Brydon of Rockford' s Barber-Coleman Cor- 
poration, one of the committee members in charge of 
the program, said : 

"We decided to name one of Roy Gale Park's base- 
ball fields in honor of Ernie because of all he has done 
for youngsters. Ernie Banks Field is used mostly by 
the small fry .for their baseball games, and from now 
on will carry his name as a permanent tribute to him," 

Immediately after the dedication. Banks partici- 
pated in a special clinic for the Little Leaguers. 

Ernie, wearing his familiar Cub uniform with 
No, 14 on his back, then signed hundreds of autographs. 

It was an amazing tribute to the never-ending 
popularily of a former athlete who hasn't played in a 
ball game In nine years. 

JUNE, 1980 


It's Softball 
time again 

The CTA Sports Program opened its 
1980 Softball season on Saturday, May 10, 
and will continue through July. 

This year the league will have lY teams, 
di\'ided Into three divisions. East, West, 
and Central. The teams participating are 
(East): System Wide, Forest Glen, South 
Shops, 308 Regulars, General Office, and 
Renegades; (West): 77th Street, North 
Avenue, Westside 'L', Limits, North Ave- 
nue Repair, and North Park Breezers; 
(Central): Archer, Beverly, 69th Street, 
52nd Street, and Lawndale. 

The games are played each Saturday 
afternoon in Grant Park beginning at 4 p.m. 
and 5:15 p.m. 

The league this year is under the guid- 
ance of Fred King, manager, Human Re- 
sources, and John Smylie, coordinator of 
the Softball league. 

Here are some exciting action shots of 
the games played on Saturday, May 24. 

(CTA photos by Julius Brazil) 




Bill Parrillo 

Fifty-five persons attended a May 
23 retirement dinner honoring William 
Parrillo in the M & M club in the 
Merchandise Mart. Parrillo, director 
of Budget/Planning, Financial Services 
department, ended his 38-year career 
in public transit. 

Jay DeFranco, comptroller, was 
M. C. at the dinner. He presented 
Parrillo with a cash gift from Parrillo's 
friends and co-workers. 

Parrillo also received an unusual 
gift - - his very old, outmoded, mechan- 
ical adding machine. To add luster 
to his memories, the faithful machine 
was bronzed - - another gift from his 
friends and co-workers. 

Parrillo began his career in 1942 
as a junior clerk with the Chicago 
Rapid Transit company, a predecessor 
company to the CTA. 

Parrillo and his wife, Teresa, have 
four grown children. 

The Parrillos live on the northwest 
side, and plan to do some traveling. 
Parrillo said he plans to continue his 
stamp collecting hobby. 

William Parrillo, director of Budget/Planning, Financial Services department, admires his faithful 
old adding machine the CTA retired along with Parrillo. Friends had the machine bronzed as a 
gift to him. Standing is Jay DeFranco, CTA comptroller. 

Lenny Lohn 

Leonard (Lenny) Lohn ended his 
37-year pubUc transit career at an 
open house farewell party May 22 
in the Training/Development programs 
section in the Merchandise Mart. 

Lohn retired as the section's 
training services clerk. 

More than 100 friends and co- 
workers attended the party. Frank 
Johnson, director, Training/Develop- 
ment programs section, was M. C. at 
the informal affair. Johnson presented 
Lohn with a gold wrist watch and cash 
gifts from Lohn's friends. Lohn's 
wife, Julia, attended the open house. 

Lohn began his public transit 
career in 1943 as a motorman with 
the Chicago Surface Lines, a prede- 
cessor company to the CTA. 

Lohn and his wife have three 
grown children and will make their 
new home in Tampa, Fla. 

Leonard (Lenny) Lohn, with perennial pipe in his mouth, accepts his retirement papers from 
Frank Johnson, director, Training/Development programs section, as Lohn's wife, Julia, looks on. 
Presentation was made at May 22 open house honoring Lohn. 

JUNE, 1980 


CTA Pioneers 
Mother's-Day dance 

More than 400 persons attended the 
May 13 Mother's Day luncheon dance party 
of the CTA Koneers retirement organiza- 
tion in the Golden Flame restaurant, Hig- 
gins road and Nagle avenue. 

Maynard "Pinky" Moran ('73 Control 
Center), the Picmeers' president, said the 
Mother's Day program had one of the larg- 
est attendance in the organization's five- 
year history. The Pioneers have about 600 

The Pioneers meet for lunch at 12:30 
pjn. on the second Tuesday of each month 
in the Golden Flame. 

Moran said two more Ladies' day meet- 
ings are scheduled by the Pioneers — Sep- 
tember 9 and a Christmas party on De- 
cember 9. fCTA photos by Mike Hoffert) 

Oscar Peterson (Transportation '77) and his wife, 
77) and his wife, Nellie. 

Frances, at left, and Rene Biard (Forest Glen 

Joseph Brzoski (Skokie Shop '74) and his 
wife, Lillian. 

Charles DeCook 
wife, Florence. 

(North Park '75) and his Stanley Turek (Limits 75) at left, and his friend, Mrs. Marge Koschaike, and Whitey Laatsch 
(General Office '75). 

Robert Ciesza (North Park 72) and his wife. Patrick Smith (North Avenue '68) and his Charles "Moe" Pearson (Forest Glen 77) and 
Emelia. wife, Ellen. his wife, Blanche. 




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Skokie Shop, Emp. 2-7-56 
JOHN BEHOF, Assembler, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 1-20-67 
DANIEL BRODIE, Car Repairman A, 

Wilson Shop, Emp. 3-5-47 
TONY CALABRESE, Truck Chauffeur, 

West Shops, Emp. 4-18-41 
OZANE FARMER, Carpenter, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 2-18-74 
WILLIE S. HARVEY, Collector, 

77th Street, Emp. 4-19-48 

Archer, Emp. 1-25-54 

Lawndale, Emp. 5-17-54 
WILLIAM LANE, Rail Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp. 8-1-57 
LEONARD LOHN, Training Service Clerk, 

Human Resources, Emp, 8-22-42 
WILLIAM MARSH , Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 4-28-47 

West Shops, Emp. 9-5-57 
STANLEY MAZUREK, Upholsterer, 

South Shops, Emp. 11-9-45 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 12-20-50 

Financial Services, Emp. 10-6-41 

Limits, Emp. 2-11-57 

North Avenue, Emp. 5-9-46 


WALTER R. HABAS, Collector, 

Limits, Empo 2-16-59 
ROBERT E. HODGES, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 2-6-67 

THOMAS J. AMES, 87, South Section, 

Emp. 4-25-19, Died 3-23-80 
HARRY ANDERSON, 58, Maintenance, 

Emp. 6-10-46, Died 4-16-80 
GEORGE E. CARLSON, 68, North Avenue, 

Emp. 3-27-29, Died 4-2-80 
WILSON V. COLEMAN, 64, Security, 

Emp. 1-8-45, Died 4-7-80 
JOHN COLLINS, 54, Vehicle Maintenance, 

Emp. 4-27-53, Died 4-11-80 
STEPHEN COLLINS, 72, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-19-41, Died 4-16-80 
ANITA DOUGLAS, 31, North Avenue, 

Emp. 12-21-78, Died 5-5-80 
RUDOLPH DRZK, 69, Investigations, 

Emp. 3-1-27, Died 4-13-80 
THOMAS DWYER, 69, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 8-8-42, Died 4-6-80 
TOMMIE EDWARDS, 62, Central Assign., 

Emp. 8-15-52, Died 4-16-80 
DOROTHY HARRIS, 49, North Section, 

Emp. 10-22-69, Died 5-13-80 
WESLEY HAYNES, 47, North Avenue, 

Emp. 6-26-58, Died 4-1-80 
FRANCIS J. HECHT, 46, South Shops, 

Emp, 4-28-69, Died 4-23-80 

Emp. 6-19-30, Died 4-6-80 
BENJAMIN E. KAMKA, 70, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 10-25-33, Died 4-12-80 
JOSEPH KINAHAN, 66, Human Resources, 

Emp. 10-15-48, Died 4-7-80 
HARRY J. LAWRENCE, 78, Claim, 

Emp, 2-2-42, Died 4-25-80 
LEE LANGHAM, 34, West Shops, 

Emp. 6-17-68, Died 5-7-80 
FRANK J. LOESER, 91, 77th Street, 

Emp. 9-8-25, Died 4-20-80 
JAMES MALONEY, 80, North Park, 

Emp. 10-28-24, Died 4-27-80 
MICHAEL McCORMACK, 81, Kimball, 

Emp. 4-29-29, Died 2-25-80 

in June 

40 years 

35 years 

R. H. Daren, Medical 

30 years 

f^ ji 


T. Love Jr., 52nd Street 

J. P Marshall, 52nd Street 

W. Onysio, Skokie Shop 

H. Reddrick Jr., Transportation 

E. L. Springer, North Park 

E.W.White Jr., District C 

25 years 

E. J. McSweeney 


W. F. Fox 

Forest Glen 

0. W. BIgnchard, District A 
L. Brown, Lawndale 

J. D. Hill, 69th Street 
H. S. Jackson, 69th Street 
M. Keating, Methods/Standards 
E. G. Reid, Maintenance 

1. J. Williams, District A 

JOHN MEYERS, 87, North Park, 

Emp. 3-19-43, Died 4-30-80 
VICTOR MICETIC, 66, North Park, 

Emp. 5-2-36, Died 4-25-80 
WILLIAM MORAN, 77, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-23-23, Died 3-26-80 
JOSEPH MULREE, 83, Construction, 

Emp. 5-18-14, Died 4-29-80 
ARTHUR SCHALK, 67, Kedzie, 

Emp. 9-26-40, Died 4-17-80 

Emp. 6-29-44, Died 3-28-80 
CHARLES SCHUMAKER, 72, Electrical, 

Emp. 11-24-30, Died 4-16-80 
CHARLES SHEEHY, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-11-41, Died 4-21-80 
SAMUEL TRICHE, 66, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-6-44, Died 4-29-80 
THOMAS VINTAN, 78, Wilson, 

Emp. 2-1-29, Died 4-14-80 
LUKE WHITE, 94, 77th Street, 

Emp, 5-26-20, Died 4-18-80 
WALTER G. WIEBE, 78, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 3-7-29, Died 4-3-80 

Frank Wsol (left). Far South area superin- 
tendent, while on vacation in Oceanside, Calif., 
visited with Tom Screen, former superintendent 
69th Street Garage, now retired. Tom sends 
his regards to all his CTA friends. 


Volume 33 

Number 6 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA, 
bv the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Borcic, 
Kathy Byrne, Jack Sowchin, Jeff Stern. Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

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to a good season 

Sunday, May 18, was cloudy and cool, 
but it was also International Museum Day, 
and CTA marked the occasion by inaugurating 
its 1980 CXilture Bus service to the South, 
North and West Sides, serving more than 
two dozen cultural attractions. 

Despite a bicycle race that temporarily 
blocked the traditional boarding point at the 
Art Institute, loyal Culture Bus riders found 
their way to the buses with guidance from 
CTA.s beacon of Culture Bus enthusiasm - - 
Eileen "Big Murph" Neurauter. 

Through Memorial Day Weekend, when 
sunny skies returned, more than 7,100 rides 
had been taken, and CTA's fourth Culture 
Bus season was off to a start that gave the 
Art Institute Uons something to roar about. 

Culture Bus riders boarding at the Art Institute (top), 
being welcomed by CTA retiree and volunteer hostess 
Eileen "Murph" Neurauter (middle), and sightseeing 
through the large window of a "Big Bend" articulated 
bus, while enjoying the commentary by volunteer 
Ron Weslow (CTA Training/Development programs) 
on the Culture Bus South route driven by Ruby 
Bolden, Archer garage. 

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CTA Monthly Pass commercial makes debut 

EVANS: "When I wanna move real fast, I fade back and throw a pass.' 

JIGGETTS: "When I ride I do the same, no fumble for change with a 
pass, my CTA pass." 

"When I wanna go to town, the CTA takes me around. 
I don't need change to ride the range, 'cause I head 'em 
off with a pass, my CTA pass." 

A new CTA television commercial is making its debut. 
Produced by Haddon Advertising, Inc., it features 
Vince Evans and Dan Jiggetts of the Chicago Bears, 
an actress playing the part of a ticket agent, and an 
actor portraying an urban cowboy. The commercial 
is designed to create wider awareness of the Monthly 
Pass program and demonstrate the convenience of 
using the pass. 

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AUGUST, 1980 

students prepare for careers in transportation 

The CTA is helping college 
students obtain the training needed 
for successful careers in the 
transportation industry. 

This summer 11 students from 
the Illinois Institute of Technology, 
University of Illinois at both Chi- 
cago Circle and Urbana campuses. 
University of Indiana, and New 
Mexico State University are closer 
to their academic and career 
goals as a result of the CTA's 
participation in the Cooperative 
Education program which is ad- 
ministered by the Training/De- 
velopment Programs section, 
Hiiman Resources department. 

Called co-ops, these students 
of engineering, computer science, 
and transportation alternate 12-16 
weeks of full-time work and aca- 
demic study. The program gives 
them an opportunity to apply aca- 
demic theory to practical job slt- 

At West Shops 21-year-old 
Kevin Manley of the University of 
Illinois, Urbana is helping with 
structural evaluations of rapid 
transit stations as engineers de- 
termine maintenance require- 
ments. Manley, a civil engineer- 
ing major, is supervised by civil 
engineer Stan-Lee Kaderbeck, 
Track/Structures, an IIT alumnus 
and former co-op who joined the 
CTA as a career employe four 
years ago. 

Superintendent of Power and 
Way Walter Gaedtke (Track/ 
Structures), recalling his own co- 
op experience as a student at Pur- 
due University, said the program 
is an excellent method of intro- 
ducing students to their chosen 
career fields. 

"It gives the student a chance 
to get a good look at every aspect 
of the field and helps him to make 
good decisions about his future," 
said Gaedtke. 

Jamison Rappeport, a senior at 
IIT majoring in mechanical en- 
gineering, is also assigned to West 
Shops xmder the supervision of Syed 
Hussalni, a mechanical engineer. 

"Being a co-op gives me good 
reason to enroll in many of the 

Kevin Manley, left, a civil engineering student at the University of Illinois, Urbana, gets on-the-job 
training in structural evaluation. His mentor, a former co-op, is Stan-Lee Kaderbeck, a civil 
engineer from West Shops who joined CTA after graduating from the program at Illinois Institute 
of Technology four years ago. 

courses I have had because it 
means having the knowledge to do 
specific jobs which I am assigned 
here," said Rappeport. 

His work experience at CTA 
will also make him immediately 
eligible to take the professional 
engineers examination to become 
a registered engineer after he re- 
ceives his bachelor of science 

Rappeport received a scholar- 
ship last semester for a paper he 
had written on transportation. His 
plans for the future include ob- 
taining a masters degree before 
leaving UT. 

Rappeport and 21 -year-old 
Stanley Kuramoto have been par- 
ticipants in the co-op program 
longer than most of the students in 
this work period. Both have re- 
turned to CTA five times and could 
return yet another period. 

Kuramoto, Richard Chong, and 
Jean Khuon are among the com- 
puter science students at IIT who 
are assigned to the CTA Data 
Center. All joined the co-op pro- 
gram because they believe the CTA 
experience will put them well 

ahead of their contemporaries. 

Said Kuramoto, "The co-op 
program has helped me acquire 
academic knowledge much faster 
and made things a lot clearer for 
me in the classroom." 

Echoing those thoughts, 18- 
year-old Richard Chong, said, 
"What I've learned herein my first 
work period is definitely higher 
level than what I've encountered so 
far at school." Arlene Jenny, 
Data Center superintendent, calls 
her co-op students "eager bea- 
vers." "I have nothing but good to 
say about these yoimg people. They 
are very conscientious and we 
plan to get more of them," said 

Dennis Early, 25, a junior in 
industrial engineering at IIT, is 
busy updating storage efficiency in 
materials management. "My work 
here enables me to apply the 
methods of random sampling as 
well as motion and time measure- 
ments. These are subjects which 
were stressed in the classroom, 
but now I'm putting them to prac- 
tical use for the first time," said 


The 1980 Outstanding Employer Award was presented recently to the 
CTA at the fourth annual Illinois Institute of Technology Cooperative 
Education-Student Workshop and luncheon held on the I IT campus. 
Nomination for the award was made by co-op students working for the 
CTA during their full-time work periods. A letter of nomination was 
written by Michael Martys, an electrical engineering student who 
returns to the CTA this month to begin his second work period. Ac- 

cepting the award for the CTA is Mrs. Norine Stratton, training 
coordinator and liasion for co-op students. Presenting Mrs. Stratton 
(second from right) with the plaque is Dr. Thomas L. Martin Jr. (left), 
president, NT. Co-op students on hand to offer congratulations were 
Mache Readus, Michael Martys, Stanley Kuramoto, Dennis Early, and 
Paul Sheridan. 

In the Transportation depart- 
ment, meanwhile, 20-year-old 
Richard Degman, a senior and 
transportation major at Indiana 
University, has had a very busy 
summer in his first work period 
as a co-op. His experience has 
included work as a ticket agent and 
a conductor with a final assign- 
ment in Methods and Standards. 

Terrence Grant, a senior at the 
University of Illinois Circle cam- 
pus, is completing his third work 
period with an assignment in 
Routes and Systems. The 28-year- 
old Coast Guard veteran's plans 
include a masters degree in trans- 
portation engineering or urban 

Mike Navarro, a sophomore at 
the University of Illinois Urbana 
campus in his first work period 
with Equipment Design, Engineer- 
ing department, is involved in 
studies related to problems of the 


Classifying bus imderframe 
maintenance jobs is the special 
project for Marshall Issen, 20- 
year-old University of Illinois 
junior assigned to South Shops in 
his second work period. He ex- 
pects to begin his third work period 
in January. 

Traveling from the great south- 
west to Chicago and the CTA as a 
co-op is James Cobum, a senior at 
New Mexico State University in 
Las Cruces. The 25-year-old Co- 
bum is assigned to SkoMe Shops 
to study rail maintenance proce- 
dures and functions, and to pre- 
pare a bulletin on rebuilt motors 
and time sequence. 

Each student will be evaluated 
at the end of the work period by 
their supervisors, and copies of the 
evaluation will be sent to their 
colleges. In turn, the schools will 
also send the CTA copies of the 

students' grades for the semesters 
they return to full-time classroom 

Mrs. Ruth Lebron, senior financial 
analyst in the Budget department 
obtained her Master's Degree in Busi- 
ness Administration, majoring in Finance, 
from DePaul University, during a gradua- 
tion ceremony that took place at the 
Civic Opera House on June 15, 1980. 
Mrs. Lebron joined the CTA in Septem- 
ber, 1977, as a financial analyst. Con- 
gratulations on her accomplishment! 

AUGUST, 1980 

Barnes nominated for APTA office 

Eugene M. Barnes 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes was unanimously elected 
by the nominating committee to be 
the Vice President for Govern- 
ment Affairs of the American Pub- 
lic Transit Association (APTA). 

APTA, headquartered in Wash- 
ingtcn, D.C., is an association 
representing the transit industry 
with more than 300 systems as 
members in the United States, 
Canada, and Mexico. 

Ratification by the membership 
of APTA will take place at the an- 
nual meeting in San Diego, Cali- 

fornia, in October. 

As Vice President for Govern- 
ment Affairs, Barnes will repre- 
sent the transit industry on all 
legislative and regulatory matters. 
He will oversee the committees of 
elderly and handicapped, legis- 
lation, and planning and policy. In 
light of the present status of fed- 
eral transit legislation both APTA 
and Chicago will benefit from 
Barnes' selection. 

The Vice President for Govern- 
ment Affairs is a member of the 
Executive Committee of APTA. 

Summertime Cliicago entertains commuters 

Summertime Chicago returned 
to entertain CTA riders for the 
second time around beginning 
July 15. The performers made 
their first appearance last year. 

Quartets of harmony, finger- 
snapping groups and one-man or 
woman acts, all apart of the care- 
free entertainment, greeted com- 
muters at rush hour on 'L' plat- 
forms and busy bus stops in the 
Loop and elsewhere. 

Fifty- five youthful street artists 
were staged by Mayor Byrne's 
Office of Special Events to help 
break the monotony of nash hour 
travel. Again it was a big success 
as riders enthusiastically ap- 
plauded performances. 


Different Stroke 

Gary Coleman, star of NBC-TV'j 
"Different Strokes," appeared on a 
chartered CTA train on July 21, 
during the filming of a 20th Cen- 
tury Fox feature film "A Guy 
Could Get Killed Out There." 

Panf ils perform in Royal Danish Ballet 

The mother and daughter of North Park Garage bus 
operator Claudette Panfil were part of the Royal 
Danish Ballet cast appearing recently at the Chicago 
Civic Opera House. 

Ms. Helen Panfil, formerly a dancer with a New 
York troiipe, and her seven-year old granddaughter, 
Lisa Helene, a student at the Betsy HerskLnd School in 
Chicago, were selected from more than 400 people who 
auditioned for parts in the ballet. 

Ms. Panfil, one of four women appearing in the 
performance, was cast in the role of a peasant woman 
tending her dying son in the production of the legendary 
William Tell's "Folktale." Lisa Helene, one of 25 
children in the ballet, was cast as a troll. 

It was the first U.S. appearance of the Danish Bal- 
let since 1920. Accompanying the troupe was Prince 
Gorge of Denmark. 

Helen Panfil, right, prepares for rehearsal of Royal Danish 
Ballet at Chicago Civic Opera House while other per- 
formers leave dressing room. 

Lisa Helene who played a troll in the production of William Tell's "Folktale," gets 
special attention in the dressing room from a backstage helper in foreground. Her grand- 
mother, left, is also giving her assistance. 

AUGUST, 1980 

Eddie Smith (North Avenue 
Garage) was the subject of a 
letter from Georgia Meezall, of 
Carroll Avenue, that was signed 
by 26 other riders on a #16 
Lake bus. "This is to let you 
know how much we think of 
driver #6256. He is polite, 
courteous and considerate. He 
takes the blunt end of every- 
thing people complain about, 
and he always leaves the passen- 
gers laughing. 1 have written 
before, so that is why the other 
passengers asked me to write 
again. I would have gotten more 
signatures, but had to get off 
at my stop. With more drivers 
like him, it would always be a 
pleasure to ride CTA." 

Robert Spann (North Park 
Garage) "tries very hard to 
make things right," according 
to Paula Carney, of Marine 
Drive. "Driver #5289 is pleas- 
ant, patient, helpful, and un- 
failingly kind to everyone. He 
is also very knowledgeable about 
the routes and connections to 
other bus lines. I frequently 
have been on his #151 Sheridan 
bus on my way to work. His 
cheerful 'Good Morning' and 
pleasant attitude make the day 
a little brighter for everyone 
he encounters. Not long ago 
I was on the bus when he was 
training a new driver. He had 
such a nice way of explaining 
things to the new man. What 
a pleasure to have such a 

commendation corner 

Ricardo Leiva (Forest Glen Garage) was admired by I. W. 
Emmerich, of Hersiiey, Pennsylvania, for the way he treated 
riders on his #64 Foster/Lawrence bus. "As a visitor, I had 
the pleasure of riding several times on his bus between 
Jefferson Park and Delphia Street. A person might not be 
in a happy mood when they board the bus, but after the 
greeting they receive from his driver, they all have a big 
smile on their faces. When I compUmented him on his 
actions, he said, 'I just treat people the way I would like 
them to treat me.' You are fortunate indeed to have this 
fine person as one of your drivers." 

Charla Morgan (North Avenue Garage) was regarded as 
"just fantastic" by Ruth Schaeffer, of North Lake Shore 
Drive, who rode her #76 Diversey bus one afternoon rush 
period. "Apparently there had been some equipment 
trouble, causing the CTA to shift their drivers. I must 
comphment driver #6647 for her cool demeanor in spite 
of pushing crowds and people who just wouldn't cooperate 
by moving to the back of the bus. The heat didn't help the 
tempers of the travelers, either. Through it all, she was 
absolutely the most pleasant driver, and maintained a sense 
of humor." 

Daniel Joseph (North Park Garage) was noticed by Ruth 
Mank, of North Sheridan Road, a rider on his #147 Outer 
Drive Express bus. "The driver was courteous and patient 
with each person who boarded the bus. When we arrived 
at Oak Street, riders began to ask him questions as to how 
to get to certain places and which buses to take, and he 
answered them all cheerfully and in detail. He was repeat- 
edly asked the same questions, and each time he answered 
with patience and courtesy." 

Theodore Cachampis (North Park Garage) won the approval 
of V. M. Paxson, of North Lake Shore Drive, who boarded 
his #151 Sheridan bus one afternoon rush period at Washing- 
ton and State Streets. "I was sitting on the first seat by the 
door and was able to observe this young man's smUe of 
greeting, his helpful answers to everyone's questions, and 
his 'Take care' or 'Be careful' as each one left the bus. He 
momentarily entered into conviviality with some conven- 
tioneers who boarded on Michigan Avenue and who were 
most appreciative when he made sure they got off at their 
hotel. He certainly was a cheerful, helpful driver." 

Wade Montgomery (69th Street Garage) was appreciated by 
Marie Hagamann, of South Troy Street, for his courtesy 
while driving a #63 63rd Street bus. "During the ride I 
noted that he was very kind and considerate to every person 
who got on or off, telhng people to take their time, be care- 
ful, and have a good day. I believe that this man should be 
commended for his excellent service to the pubUc. I wish 
there were more like him. I am an elderly person and do 
appreciate this service." 

Keith Rosche (North Avenue Garage) caught the attention 
of Nina Blasi, of Belmont Avenue, who was riding his #77 
Belmont bus with her small son. "I don't recall ever meet- 
ing a more conscientious driver. He had a kind word for 
each person entering the bus. There were many senior 
citizens getting on and off, and he greeted each one and 
seemed to know most of their names. You could see their 
faces Light up because of his asking how they were feeling 
and telling them he was glad to see them. Even the teen- 
agers he kept in line with a firm, kind word so they 
couldn't help but want to behave. The CTA can truly be 
proud to have him as an employe." 

Joseph Stilwell (Limits Garage) was the driver of a #145 
Wilson/Michigan Local bus that Mrs. Max Volk rode home 
one Sunday evening from Ohio and Michigan to Belmont 
Avenue. "Because of the new routes, most of the passengers 
seemed confused and asked the driver many questions about 
their stops. Although he was asked the same questions 
repeatedly, he answered each one courteously, pleasantly, 
and with great concern, as though he was hearing it for the 
first time. Such patience is a virtue." 

Nathaniel Stevens Jr. (52nd Street Garage) was compliment- 
ed by Martha Jenious, of Indiana Avenue, for the way he 
handled his #38 Indiana bus. "Mr. Stevens is a kind gentle- 
man, nice to everybody on the route. His appearance is 
always neat. What makes him look better is that he's so 
good from within. I feel that when a person is as outstand- 
ing as he is, he should be told while he can still enjoy it. 
I feel you should hire more high-standard type of people 
like Mr. Stevens. The people of South Commons and resi- 
dents of the Near South Side say it is a pleasure to board 
the bus on days when he is driving." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employes re- 
ceiving commendations recently were: 

Rosa Alfaro and Drake Atkins, both of 
Forest Glen; and Claudio Alvarez, North 

Milton Bills, North Avenue; JoeBrionez, 
Forest Glen; Herbert Bryant, 77th Street; 
and Mary Butler, NortB Park. 

Theodore Cachampis, Leroy Carr, and 
Luke Costanza, all of North Park; John 
Came rrai, Ashland; Denise Cherry, Limits; 
Ray Clark, Lawndale; and Donald Cole, 
69th Street. 

Butros Daoud, North Park; Jesus Davi- 
la, Robert Dulaitis, and Emanuel Dupree, 
all of Forest Glen; and Edlow Dunn, How- 

Cecil Eichelberger, North Park; Albert 
Elgar, North Avenue; and James Estes, 
Forest Glen. 

James Fitzgerald, Limits. 

Georgia Harris, North Park; and Mi- 
chael Holtzclaw, 77th Street. 

Mary Jerry, Limits; and Rudolph John- 
son, Beverly. 

Robert Kremer, North Park. 

Nathaniel Lee Jr., Ashland; John Le- 
mond and Jesus Limas, both of North Park; 
and Melvin Little Jr., North Avenue. 

Frank Marshall, Limits; Angel Marti- 
nez, North Park; Hue Maxwell, 52nd Street; 
Robert McCarthy, Forest Park; Charles 
McGee, Archer; Curtis McMullan II, Bev- 
erly; and Jerry Miller, Forest Glen. 

James Panoutsos and Charles Preschel, 
both of Forest Glen; Rafael Pelayo, Ar- 
cher; Curtis Phillips, Beverly; Michael 
Poindexter, 77th Street; and Effie Porter, 
52nd Street. 

Leonard Quinlan, North Park. 

Billy Ragsdale, Kenneth Richards, and 
Alvin Ross Jr., all of 52nd Street; David 
Rejmer, North Park; Annie Rice, Limits; 
and Dwight Rogers, 77th Street. 

Jaime Sandoval and Cornell Springs, 
both of Archer; Adalino Santiago, Nora 
Scott, and Leslie Stephenson, all of North 
Avenue; Jimmie Smith and Robert Smith, 
both of Forest Glen; and Willie Mae Sur- 
les, 77th Street. 

Edward Townsend, 69th Street. 

Jimmie Walker, North Avenue; Mary 
Wallace, Leroy Ward, and Maurice Willis, 
all of North Park; Vaddie Weekly and Jes- 
sie Wilson, both of 52nd Street; Charles 
West, Howard/Kimball; Homer Wilkerson, 
77th Street; and William Williamson Jr., 
69th Street. 

Florence Salus 

Robert Cassidy 

Michael Yedinak 


Florence Salus has been appointed superinten- 
dent. Vehicle Maintenance Personnel. She 
joined CTA in 1977 as a clerk/stenographer, 
Maintenance/Office Procedures, after serving for 
15 years with the Railway Express Agency at 
O'Hare Airport. In 1978 Salus became a secre- 
tarial stenographer and then executive secretary/ 
supervisor, General Operations. Later in 1978 
she was selected personnel relations administra- 
tor, Vehicle Maintenance, and, the following 
year, supervisor, Instruction/Personnel in the 
same department. Salus has two sons and a 
daughter, and makes her home in Wheaton. 

Two former material handling specialists in 
Materials Management - Stores have been named 
superintendents. Storerooms. Robert Cassidy. 
now superintendent. Storerooms North, came 
to CTA in 1975 from Atlanta, where he had 
been the manager of a shoe distribution center. 
Previously, he had been the assistant regional 
manager of a nationwide distribution service, 
also in Atlanta. Cassidy and his wife, Joan, 
Uve in Vernon Hills, and are the parents of five 
daughters and four sons. 

Michael Yedinak, the new superintendent of 
Storerooms South, was a foreman of storerooms 
with the Stewart-Warner Corp. before joining 
CTA in 1978. He and his wife, Dorothy, have 
two sons and two daughters and live in the 

Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest 

Three former management/professional in- 
terns have been chosen assistant superintendents 
by the Transportation Department. Jerry 
Johnson remains in the Personnel Section as 
assistant superintendent, Near South. Robert 
Julun moves from Personnel to Bus Service, 
while Michael Marren remains in Bus Service 
assigned to District B. 

Charles O'Connor, former bus service supervi- 
sor, District D, has been named m/p intern. 
Near North. Now serving as m/p interns in the 
Control Center are Daryl Lampkins, former 
transit professional trainee. Human Resources - 
Training/Development Programs, and McRayfield 
Caldwell, former rail service supervisor, Rail 
District South. 

Also in Transportation, WilUam Demitro, 
former conductor. West Section, has been 
chosen yard foreman in the same section, and 
Hilteray McGhee Jr., former driver. Limits, has 
been reassigned as a station clerk, Bus System. 

Selected senior financial analysts, Financial 
Services, are Joan Johnson, former financial 
analyst in the same section, and James Rose, 
former internal auditor, Internal Auditing. 
Susan Walker, former planner. Operations 
Planning, is now statistical analyst. Sales/ Risk 
Management. Michael Brennan, former pensions 
administration coordinator, has been chosen 
supervisor, Pensions Administration. 

Arthur J. Thomas has moved from blind case 

clerk to claims analyst, Law/Claims. Anna M. 
Kristman, former utihty clerk. Law, has been 
named confidential office assistant, Real Estate. 
In Vehicle Maintenance. South Shops, Leonard 
Wiencek has been reassigned from shop clerk 
to maintenance system coordinator, and Alfred 
Haas has been promoted from carpenter fore- 
man to unit supervisor. Bus Shops. 

Eleven recently selected bus and truck 
mechanics at South Shops include Elmer Herron 
and Willie Allums, both former bus and truck 
mechanic helpers, and Gary Machonga, former 
bus and truck mechanic apprentice at the same 
location; William Foley, former service truck 
chauffeur. Transportation - Utility; and Syed 
Qadri, former bus servicer, Lawndale. 

Others are former bus repairers Charles 
Koch, Jae Kim, and PhilUp Riesterer, all from 
Limits; John Gamer Jr., Beverly; Terrald Dills, 
77th Street; and James Hedin, Forest Glen. 
New as a carpenter apprentice at South Shops 
is CharUe Zigler, former bus servicer, 77th 
Street. Fred Mussari, sheet metal worker, has 
moved from South Shops to Plant Maintenance. 

Now serving as electrical worker apprentices, 
Skokie Shop, are Antonio Morales, former bus 
servicer, Limits, and Phihp Lamont, former 
conductor. North Section. Former drivers 
Theodis Bankston, Archer, and Clarence 
Simmons, Beverly, have been named service 
truck chauffeurs. Transportation - Utility. 
Donald Wells, former bus servicer, 77th Street, 
is now a "B" helper, Plant Maintenance. 

Henry Brown, former driver, 69th Street, 
has been selected payroll clerk, Financial Ser- 
vices. James Thomas Jr., former conductor, 
North Section, is now treasury utility clerk. 
Treasury. Margaret Whirity, formerly an un- 
assigned clerk/typist. Human Resources, Em- 
ployment & Placement, has been chosen utility 
clerk, Law/Claims. 

In a new job as utihty clerk. Law, is Jean 
Smith, former suggestion records clerk. Human 
Resources - Job Classification. Her position has 
been taken by Ellen Kosinski, former clerk/ 
stenographer. Insurance & Pensions. Mary 
Garcia, former typist. Transportation - Howard, 
is now utility clerk. Insurance & Pensions. 
Barbara Burton, former typist. Insurance & 
Pensions,' has become utility clerk. Materials 
Management. Candace Fitzgerald , former clerk/ 
stenographer, Financial Services, has been 
selected administrafive safety clerk, Safety. 

AUGUST, 1980 

Massive weekend effort 
at Desplaines terminal 

CTA management continues to applaud some 100 
employes for the swiftness In which the new transit 
center at Desplaines terminal in Forest Park was 
converted to a permanent station. 

Project Manager Wesley Pinchot said workmen of 
the Engineering and Maintenance departments de- 
voted approximately 2,000 man hours to the special 
track changeover process which began at 10 p.m. 
Friday, Jime 27 and was completed by 2 a.m. on Mon- 
day, June 30. 

Track, third rail, signal and communication work- 
ers removed approximately 300 feet of temporary 
track, power and signals, and installed another 300 
feet to make the permanent track connection to the 
new terminal. 

In addition to moving track, building and groimd 
crews relocated office facilities which included of- 
fices for the terminal superintendent, clerk and train 
room as well as the ticket agent's work area. 

Commenting on the special weekend effort. General 
Operations Manager Harold Geissenheimer said, "Even 
though workers were interrupted early Saturday morn- 
ing by a heavy storm which lasted for about four hours, 
they worked around the clock to get the job done over 
the three-day period; therefore, our riders on the 
Congress line experienced only a minimum of service 
disruption. It was a job well done." 

The new contemporary designed terminal consists 
of a bi-level station and a terminal building con- 
structed of concrete, steel and glass. 

At its upper level is a 425 foot long platform which 
is 28 feet wide, and it is covered by a flat canopy-type 
roof which is 432 feet long and 80 feet wide. The 
overhang of the roof covers the tracks on each side. 

Bearing a striking resemblance to McCormick Place, the new transit 
center at Desplaines terminal In Forest Park consists of a bi-level 
station and terminal building constructed of concrete, steel and glass. 

The roof is supported by columns on the outside of 
the tracks and has a space frame design similar to 
that used for the roof of McCormick Place. 

The enclosed lower level of the station has a booth 
for two agents, turnstiles and other fare controls, two 
treadle-operated escalators, stairways and con- 
cession areas. 

The upper level platform includes such passenger 
comforts as Infrared heating lamps and three 16-foot 
long windbreaks. Another passenger convenience is 
the new parking lot which accommodates 330 auto- 

Spiking a tie under a running rail in the Desplaines yard at Forest 
Park where engineers and maintenance department crews put in ap- 
proximately 2,000 man hours during the special track changeover. 


Using the rail-mounted crane, workers lay track and ties to the outer 
yard lead at Desplaines terminal as installation of permanent track, 
power and signals is completed. 

mobiles, and a kiss 'n' ride area located to the south 
of the building. 

The south entrance will also serve riders trans- 
ferring to and from RTA West Towns suburban buses, 
and the transit center will have a Greyhoimd ticket 

Yet to be completed is the terminal's turnaround 
area for CTA feeder buses. The north temporary 
platform will be removed and track and structure de- 
molished so that a north bus turnaround may be con- 
structed. Pinchot said construction of the turnaround 

is expected to get underway in approximately six 

Cost of the new transit center is in excess of 
$5 million. It is jointly funded by the Urban Mass 
Transportation Administration and the Illinois De- 
partment of Transportation. 

The previous station at Desplaines had been a 
temporary facility since the Eisenhower rapid transit 
route was opened in 1958 as the first of Chicago's 
pioneering concept of incorporating rail transit in the 
median strip of expressways. 

When Alfredo Barrios Jr. arrived June 27, 
1980, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 
his welcoming committee included five 
sisters. Alfredo Sr., a driver from Archer 
garage, and his wife, Maria, are filled with 
excitement over the arrival of the new 
little one who was born at McNeal 
Memorial hospital in Berwyn. 

Connection is welded to the Loop track as changeover process gets underway. 

AUGUST, 1980 

stained glass artistry 

Roberta Bemadel is an apprentice 
machinist who helps repair heavy axles of 
rapid transit cars in SkoMe Shop. 

Roberta Bemadel is an artist of ex- 
qiiisite talent and patience who fashions 
pieces of stained glass into objects and 
scenes of delicate beauty in her Evanston 

"When you think of it," Roberta said as 
she labored at her home work bench, 
"creating in stained glass and repairing 
700-pound 'L' car axles have somethings 
in common. 

"Both serve mankind — the one with 
beauty to satisfy our artistic desires — and 
the other with utility to help tal<:e us from 
one place to another — perhaps to serve our 
need to make a living." 

Roberta and her son, Michael, 13, share 
an interest in art. He does baby sitting 
after school to earn money for art and de- 
sign classes in the Evanston Art Center. 

"Michael does a lot of my design work 
for me," she said. "That gives me more 
time to work with the stained glass, copper 
wire, and soldering gun. We make a great 
team," Roberta beamed. 

"Most of our work is done at cost for 
our friends at the CTA or my union, the 
International Association of Machinists 
and Aerospace Workers." 

Roberta joined the CTA in 1978 and 
hopes to receive her union joumeyperson's 
papers next year. 

"I love my work in Skolde Shop, I love 
my hobby with stained glass. Both are 
satisfying to me." 

Top: "Arizona Sunrise" in yellows, blues, greens, and 

purples, 12" X 38". 

Middle: Roberta Bernadel cutting glass in her home 

workshop in Evanston. 

Bottom: 30" diameter enlargement of Machinists Union 

logo requires 40 pieces of hand cut glass. 


Clockwise from above: 

Tropical parrot in red, yellow, green, blues, amber, and light brown, 
12" high in 9" circle. 

Victorian transom window in purples, yellows, greens, and whites, 
12" X 36". 

Desert scene in yellow, gold, red, green, and tan, 12" x 18". 

Crusaders' quatrofoil design from 14th century in yellow, amber, and 
brown, 20" x 20". 

Handsome stained glass lamp shade adds charm to metal lamp base, and 
"candlestick telephone" completes nostalgic scene on small table in 
corner of Roberta's living room. 


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safety awards 

The Maintenance department's 
safety group recently began a new 
semi-annual safety contest for 
Plant Maintenance employes to en- 
courage their efforts to reduce 
personal injuries on the job. 

This latest safety contest, con- 
ducted by Jeff SapinsM, safety 

specialist, includes two areas. 
Power and Way and Buildings and 

In Power and Way are Track and 
Structure, Power Distribution, and 
Signal- Radio/Telephone. In Build- 
ings and Groimds are Electrical/ 
Mechanical Maintenance, Rail 
Janitors, and General Maintenance. 

Sapinski conducted awards pre- 
sentations Jime 17-20 at the Plant 

Maintenance areas at West Shops, 
Wilson Avenue, 61st and Calumet, 
and 77th Street. 

The winner in the Power and 
Way area was the Track and Struc- 
ture area supervised by Pat Mc- 
Carthy. In the Buildings and 
Grounds area, Electrical/Mech- 
anical Maintenance area super- 
vised by Gordon Brady was the 

Len Wiksten, director. Plant Maintenance, 
presents Zero Accident Program plaque to 
Robert Stavinga, representing Pat McCarthy, 
supervisor. Track and Structure section. 
Presentation was In Wilson Avenue Plant 
Maintenance area. 

Right: Gordon Brady (left), supervisor, 
Electrical/Mechanical maintenance section, 
receives Zero Accident Program plaque from 
Director Wiksten at 77th Street. 

Below: South side Electrical/Mechanical 
maintenance employes display their awards 
with obvious pride. Other Maintenance 
Department members joined the winners at 
77th for their picture. 



Members of North side Track and Structure section are joined by 
other Maintenance Department members for "family portrait" at 
Wilson Avenue. 








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Glenn Knerr (kneeling), and (from left) John Ray, Arthur Palmer, 
Darrel Nelson and George Burgess at 61st and Calumet Plant Mainten- 
ance area award presentation. 

Maintenance Manager Tom Wolgemuth (second from left), congrat- 
ulates Director Wiksten for Plant Maintenance section employes win- 
ning safety awards from Greater Chicago Safety Council. At left is 
Ted Szewc, supervisor, and at right is Walter Hallford, superintendent, 
both of Plant Maintenance. This special award was made in West Shops. 

North side Track and Structure members view award ceremony with obvious pleasure. 

AUGUST, 1980 


Posing for this picture prior to tee-off time of Local 241 golf tourna- 
ment at Cog Hill are, left to right: Ken Norton, guest; George Hagen, 
guest; Bill Norton, guest; Jack Thompson, Beverly; Derrell Norton, 
North Avenue; Willie Jett, 77th Street; Charles Hall, financial secretary- 

treasurer. Local 241; Felix Robinson, Security; Bob Zeblick, guest; 
John Durnell, Beverly; Al Strickland, Local 241; Bob Legg, retired, 
and Homer Reed, North Park. 

Jo and James Walsh, Labor Relations, and Beverly Jackson, 
Employe Counseling, consented to have their pictures 
taken if we promised not to tell their scores. We kept our 
promise as it was too high to count. 

Guest of John Weatherspoon, president. Local 241, from Amalgamated Bank tees off. 
At the tee is James Kelley, as his partners Leonard Block, Larry Thompson and Fran 
Hearn check his form. 



Checking in for their tee-off time are, stand- 
ing, left to right: Tom Banks, 77th Street; 
Willie Jett, 77th Street; Al Brubach, retired; 
Bill McCarthy, Beverly; Felix Robinson, 
Security; Eddie O'Rourke, Local 241, and 
Ralph Bellamy, 77th Street. Sitting, left to 
right: Tim O'Rourke, Claims; John Moore, 
South Shops, and Horace Browning, touma- 
ment coordinator from North Avenue. 

Pulling the first number in the drawing for the television set is Erica 
Edwards, the daughter of James Edwards, Local 241 board member 
from North Avenue, as John Weatherspoon, left, president of Local 
241, her sister, Pam, and Tim O'Rourke look on. 

To make sure he wouldn't miss the cup. Rich Guidice, RTA, and Mike 
Stroden, Employe Counseling, put their clubs down as a guideline for 
Chuck Andersen, Insurance. You guessed it - - he missed. 

Winner of this year's tournament was Walter 
Robertson (second from left), the guest of 
Charles Bridges, North Avenue. At left is 
Charles Hall, financial secretary-treasurer. 
Local 241; Tim O'Mahony, recording secre- 
tary. Local 241, and John Weatherspoon, 
president, Local 241. 

AUGUST, 1980 






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New fueling 
facility opens 
at 77th Street 

Fueling buses qiiickly and 
cleaning them of refuse left by the 
previous day's riders are impor- 
tant features of the CTA's bus 

A $1.4 million bus fueling, 
cleaning, and fuel storage complex 
recently was completed at the 77th 
Street garage to help speed this 
important part of service to CTA 

This modem brick, steel, and 
glass structure can handle six 
buses at a time for speedy fueling 
and quick clearing out of refuse. 

The new building replaces a 
four bus structure that was about 
30 years old, imsightly, and in- 

"The clearing of refuse imder 
the old system was noisy, and of- 
ten swept-up papers and refuse 
escaped into the surrounding area," 
explained F. H. Petzold, the pro- 
ject's manager. Petzold is an 
engineer in the Plant Engineering 
section of the Engineering depart- 

"With the new system, sweepers 
using brooms sweep the refuse 
through the bus's front door that 
opens into a cleaning cabinet. The 
sweepers close the cabinet doors 
with the refuse inside and suction 
equipment draws the refuse at 70 
miles-an-hour into a refuse com- 

"The compactor reduces 100 
cubic yards of loose refuse into 20 
cubic yards of condensed material. 

"The refuse system then places 
the condensed material into closed. 

Above: New six bay fueling and cleaning facility that protects environment and has soundproofing 
to control unnecessary noise. 

Below: Bus is positioned by cleaning cabinet that takes refuse on a 70-mile-an-hour ride to a 
compactor that reduces 100-cubic yards of trash into 20-cubic yard portions for removal in 
closed containers. 

industrial refuse containers for 
removal to the city's disposal 
site," Petzold said. 

The new fueling facility also 
contains a water, oil, and diesel 
fuel separator system to help 
eliminate contaminants in the cily' s 
sewer system. 

This new building has a two- 
story-high center area 25 feet 
wide and 60 feet long containing 
electrical and mechanical equip- 
ment rooms. These rooms are 
heavily insulated to lessen noise 

The new structure has an over- 
all length of 180 feet and is 80 feet 
deep. It is part of a complex that 
has an above-ground expanded and 
modified diesel fuel storage tank 

system capable of holding 84,000 

In addition, there is a new un- 
derground gasoline storage tank 
system that holds up to 20,000 
gallons. Completing the storage 
facilities is an 18,000 gallai new 
engine oil tank system. 

Working with Petzold indesign- 
ing the project was the consulting 
firm of John Dolio & Associates 
of Chicago. 

Funding came from federal and 
state governments. 

The Alfred Pauls (he's an attorney 
in our Law Department) are solicit- 
ing the special prayers of everyone 
for the beneift of their 11 -month 
old son, Daniel, who is gravely ill. 



South Section 
honors retirees 

The Semi-Armual Retirement 
party sponsored by the South Sec- 
tion attracted about 150 persons to 
the event staged in Harris YWCA, 
6200 S. Drexel blvd., July 6. 

The party honored recent South 
Section retirees Walter Loftlin, 
conductor, 61st Street, and Martin 
Cunnane, conductor, 63rd/Ashland. 
James Moss, conductor, 63rd/ 
Ashland, and Dewey Hill, motor- 
man, 61st Street, other honored 
retirees, were unable to attend. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Loftlin (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cunnane. 


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Samuel A. Charles (left), motorman; Walter Loftlin, and David 
Curry, assistant superintendent, Ashland terminal, enjoy a good 
laugh together. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pharoah Cain. Cain, who retired in 1970, was out to 
enjoy the festivities. 

Assistant Superintendent Ardis Morris, South Section, is flanked by 
Martin Cunnane (left) and Walter Loftlin, who display watches present- 
ed to them. 

Edward Freeman (left), rail janitor, 61st Street, and Mrs. Sarah Spears 
pose happily while her husband, Charles, mans the turntable spinning 
records for the party. 

Mr. and Mrs. Moses F. Ashley Sr. and their family. 

AUGUST, 1980 


Seniors' picnic 

About 250 adults and children 
frolicked in the sun at the 4th an- 
nual picnic sponsored by the CTA 
Senior Citizens Retirement Or- 
ganization on July 12. 

The outdoor event was held in 
the National Grove No. 2 Forest 
Preserve in North Riverside. 

Members of the picnic com- 
mittee handed out more than 100 
door prizes to adults and 80 prizes 
to children, and passed out 450 
rolls of candy, 300 key chains, and 
200 ball point pens. Picnic com- 
mittee members were Harold 
Burda, Jack Kalka, Pete Dowdall 
and Clarence Lind. 

Music for dancing was provided 
by Frankie Jay and his orchestra 
with accordion accompaniment by 
Mrs. Lucille Kocmoud. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lad Jagos (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Satzke, enjoy a relaxing moment at the 
picnic. Jagos is a 1976 retiree; Satzke retired in 1968. 

Top left: Frankie Jay (accordionist) and 
drummer play for picnic participants. In the 
background is Clarence Lind, picnic com- 
mittee member. 

Bottom left: Couple dances to the music's 
rhythm at the picnic's pavillion. Mrs. Joe 
Nolan, wife of the organization's general 
manager, strums her ukulele to the beat of 
the music. 

Above: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burda helped 
collect many of the prizes given at the picnic. 
Burda was a member of the picnic committee. 



Service anniversaries in August 

35 years 

Stanley F. SadowskI, North Avenue 
Herman J. Semon, Maintenance 

Michael Clemente, District 
Anthony P. DIbenedetto, Utility 
Tanzel R. Govan, 52nd Street 
Raymond J. Horoszko, North Avenue 

Aaron J. Swoope, 98th Shop 
Mario Tricoci, Travel Info. Ctr. 
Edward J. Whiting, Electrical 
Ed»/in J. Witek, North Avenue 
Joseph P. Zaiud, Electrical 


ROBERT JASINSKI, Supv., Bus Service, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1-23-58 

Lawndale, Emp. 3-2-61 

30 years 

Chester J. Majerowlc, Maintenance 
Joseph J. Mauro, Maintenance 

Raymond J. Bieniasz, Power 
Michael P. Connolly, Skokie Shop 

Raymond MichalskI, Maintenance 
Joseph v. Tunzi Jr., Transportation 
John L. Williams, Electrical 

25 years 

Robert R. Chambers, Control Center 
Bart B. Davis, Forest Glen 
Christopher Gilbert Jr., Forest Glen 
David D. Hinman, Near North Area 
Alex Janito, Limits 
Raymond Jones, Ashland/95th 

Jesse L. Jumper, Stores/South 
Andrew M. Lee, Forest Glen 
Raymond A. Lugiai, Bus Service 
Octavia Perrin, South Section 
Curiey B. Russell, 77th Street 
Semial L. Siggers, Racine Shop 
John P. Smith, Claims 
Thomas J. Staunton, Maintenance 

Pensioners note: 

New riding card 
pictures being taken 
for 1981 -82-83 

Retired CTA employees wanting to receive a 1981- 
82-83 Identification Card must have their photo- 
graphs taken at the locations listed below. 

The CTA photographer will be taking photos fiom 
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the dates shown. 

To avoid long waiting lines, photos are scheduled to 
be taken alphabetically by last name. Please note 
the dates set aside for you. If you cannot come in 
on your scheduled dale, we will photograph you at 
any of the other scheduled times. 

NORTH AVE. STATION - 4801 W. North Ave. 

Last Name 
beginning with 

A - G - Tuesday, September 30 
H - O - Wednesday, October 1 
P - Z Thursday, October 2 

ARCHER STATION - 2600 W. Pershing Rd. 


Tuesday, October 7 
Wednesday, October 8 
Thursday, October 9 

To identify yourself you must bring your present 
I.D. Card if you have one. Those who are unable to 
come at the above specified times will be given 
another opportunity at a later date to be announced 
in the Transit News. 


Top left: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dappen (Limits, 

Bottom left: Mr. and Mrs. Joe McNamara 
(Archer, 1966). 


WILLIE DRAKE JR., Ticket Agent, 

Assignment Office, Emp. 11-11-66 

North Avenue, Emp. 9-29-66 
DEBRL^ MYLES, Ticket Agent, 

Central Assignment, Emp. 10-29-69 
JOSEPH SMOK, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 11-28-45 

I3Sr I^^E3VEOR,IA.3S/a: 

STEPHEN DALTON, 83, West Section, 

Emp. 9-30-26, Died 6-18-80 
JOE DWORTZ, 70, 77th Street, 

Emp. 8-11-47, Died 5-10-80 
JOHN GUSHING, 84, Property Accoimting, 

Emp. 11-7-21, Died 6-1-80 
HARRY ESSINGTON, 90, Electrical, 

Emp. 4-11-17, Died 6-13-80 
HERMAN HODO, 77, North Section, 

Emp. 1-14-44, Died 6-22-80 
WILLIAM HOOVER, 71, Electrical, 

Emp. 1-20-36, Died 6-2-80 
CHARLES HURTIENNE, 72, North Sect., 

Emp. 12-27-46, Died 6-1-80 
ARTHUR MILLER, 61, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-15-47, Died 5-31-80 
MELVIN MORRIS, 86, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-28-26, Died 6-25-80 

Emp. 12-16-09, Died 6-30-80 

Emp. 11-9-36, Died 6-8-80 
STANLEY ROMANOSKY, 64, South Shops, 

Emp. 8-3-53, Died 6-25-80 

Emp. 10-20-44, Died 5-30-80 
BEN VALENT, 56, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 12-8-76, Died 7-10-80 

Emp. 4-14-43, Died 6-4-80 


Volume 33 


Published for employes and retirees of the CTA, 
by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Borcic, 
Jack Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Rick Willis. Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direaion of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employes. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

AUGUST, 1980 


Junior Museum mural decorates 'L' platform 

A mural of Grant Park and the Chicago skyline, painted by children 
working in the Junior Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, has 
been installed in the Adams/Wabash Loop elevated station. 

A CTA general maintenance crew, headed by Sam DeVuono of the 
West Shops area, installed the mural to identify the station for riders, 
particularly out-of-towners, as the Art Institute stop. Coordinating 
the project for the CTA were Margaret Maier and Robert Aldworth of 
the Passenger Controls/Graphics section. Operations Planning. 

A second mural similar to the one at the CTA station currently is 

on view in the Junior Museum. 

Painted in bright colors, the mural measures 6 feet by 24 feet and 
consists of three panels. The young artists, who range in age from 7 to 
12 years old, spent three successive Saturdays in May working on the 
mural in the Junior Museum. 

Robert G. Edelman, preparator at the museum, who supervised the 
activity, said approximately 75 children of members of the Art Insti- 
tute participated in the project which was sponsored by the Junior 
Museum Committee of the Women's Board of the Art Institute. 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO. 8021 

EV.iNSTON, IL 60201 








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OCT 2 7 IQQn 129 NW/Franklin 
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verse flow routes 

126 Jackson 


Reverse flow bus lanes 
improve Loop service 

Reverse-flow bus lanes were introduced on Adams Street 
and Jackson Boulevard August 31, providing east- and 
westbound riders at the south end of the Loop with the same 
improved service that riders on State Street have been en- 
joying since the Transit Mall was opened almost one year ago. 

The reverse lanes were created by the City of Chicago as a 
means of improving air quality in the downtown area, a 
change that was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Pro- 
tection Agency. Giving buses their own exclusive lane elimi- 
nates parking on one side of the street and permits aU traffic 
to move faster, resulting in less vehicle idling and, therefore, 
less pollution. 

The idea of having exclusive bus lanes originated in Harris- 
burg, Pennsylvania, some 30 years ago, and has since been 
adopted by many cities, including Chicago, in one form or 
another. Besides the State Street Transit Mall, special bus 
lanes have been used in the 63rd and Halsted shopping 
district; on Washington Street in the Loop; along Canal 
between Harrison and Polk; and in front of both the North 
Western and Union railroad stations. 

Under the new system, #38 Indiana, #151 Sheridan, and 
#129 NW/Franklin rush period buses, which previously 
competed with other westbound traffic on Adams, now 
operate west in the north curb lane of Jackson. 

They have been joined by #126 Jackson buses which 
formerly used Van Buren west from Michigan. The #126's 
return to Van Buren from Jackson at Franklin in order to 
serve the U.S. Post Office. Local #156 LaSalle buses now 
also use Jackson westbound from LaSalle. 

The new terminal area for buses using the reverse-flow 
lane of Jackson is on Jefferson Street between Jackson and 
Adams. These buses now make pickups from Union Station 
along the south curb of Adams on both the west and east 
sides of Canal Street. 

The reverse lanes on both Adams and Jackson have been 
set off from other traffic lanes by double yellow lines, 
"Buses Only" and diamond symbols that warn other drivers 
to stay away. Traffic Ughts have been adjusted to provide 
the same signals for buses as for traffic heading in the op- 
posite direction. And pedestrian crossings in the curb lanes 
used by buses are marked "Look Left For Buses." 

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156 LaSalle 

CTA buses operating eastbound on Adams street on the reverse flow 
bus lane on September 2. The auto behind the second bus is a Chicago 
Police squad car helping to establish the exclusive use by buses during 
the first business day of operation. 






Cited for 



Most CTA bus operators and other 
frontline transportation personnel sel- 
dom have an opportunity to see what 
activities at CTA headquarters in the 
Merchandise Mart influence their lives 
as well as street operations. 

Employes who are cited for out- 
standing performance, however, merit 

"A Day at CTA" a visit to the 

general office to see how the trans- 
portation system works. The day 
includes attending a board meeting 
where introductions are made, a visit 
to the control center, the travel 
center, and various other departments 
within the CTA, a picture taking 
session, lunch and a roundtable dis- 
cussion, and a handsome certificate 
to commemorate the event. 

When Nicholas Triffon, a bus super- 
visor for District B, and Amy Grant, a 
rapid transit ticket agent supervisor in 
the Central Assignment office were 
commended by Transportation Man- 
ager J. R. Blaa last month, they were 
selected to be recipients of this special 
honor and were feted recently by 
Transportation department hosts. 

Triffon was cited for saving the 
morning for commuters on July 21 
as he took direct action after severe 
thunderstorms had caused flooding of 
the viaduct at Kenton avenue on the 
Douglas rapid transit route, making it 
impassable for rail service. 

Earlier the Chicago Fire Depart- 
ment had indicated that firemen 
would provide a pumper to clear the 
water, but the location of the viaduct 

Amy Grant 

made it difficult for firemen to attack 
the problem. 

It was 5 a.m. when Triffon and a 
co-worker discovered the viaduct 
which he said was flooded all over. 
"We had been in the area for a while 
checking out the problem," said the 
30-year CTA employe who joined 
B District 12 years ago. 

Donning liis hip boots, he waded 
into the water at Cermak and Kenton 
where he pulled two covers, and 
cleared another of debris allowing 
the water to recede below the level of 
the third rail, thus service was restored 
prior to the beginning of the morning 
rush hour. 

"We work together in our district," 
said Triffon. "As far as we are con- 
cerned there is no difference between 
bus and rail, it's all the same com- 
pany," he said. 

Amy Grant, a 24-year employe, was 

Nicholas Triffon 

cited after she rescued a 70-year old 
woman from the rapid transit tracks 
at Washington and Madison streets 
in the State street subway. 

Ms. Grant said after she was alerted 
to the elderly woman on the tracks by 
her screams, she asked another pas- 
senger on the platform to talk to the 
woman and try to keep her from 
moving toward the third rail. 

Then she ran up the stairs where 
she instructed the ticket agent to call 
the control center and have the power 
on the northbound tracks cut off and 
have assistance sent to the area. 

Next she descended the stairs and 
jumped onto the tracks to help the 
woman onto the platform. 

"It was quite a feat," said John 
Zupko, superintendent of agents. 
"Amy disregarded her own safety to 
help this poor woman, and we are 
very proud of her." 

CTA employees honored 
by Heart Association 

Paul J. Kole, controller, Chicago Transit 
Authority (left) accepts an appreciation 
plaque presented to the CTA employees for 
participation in the Combined Appeal Plan, 
from Chicago Heart Association Business 
Division Heart Fund Chairman John A. 
Sivright. The CTA employees were among 
businesses and volunteers honored during 
the annual awards luncheon of the Business 
Division at The Harris Trust and Savings 
Bank July 31. Kole also serves as CHA's 


CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (left) and six state representatives 
view work of bus controller Joseph Stumpfel as described to them by 
Michael LaVelle, director. Service, Transportation Department, in 
the control center. Representatives are (from Barnes' left) John S. 

Matijevich, North Chicago; Ted E. Leverenz, Maywood; Richard 
Mautino, Spring Valley; Jim McPike, Alton; E. J. "Zeke" Giorgi, Rock- 
ford, and Michael McClain, Quincy. Harold H. Geissenheimer, General 
Operations manager, is in background. 

State representatives 
tour CTA facilities 

Six state representatives from suburban and down- 
state communities toured CTA facilities on August 25 
as the guests of Chairman Eugene M. Barnes and ex- 
pressed their admiration for the CTA' s operations and 

The representatives are Ted F, Leverenz, May- 
wood; John S. Matijevich, North Chicago; E.J. "Zeke" 
Giorgi, Rockford; Richard A. Mautino, Spring Valley; 
Michael F. McClain, Quincy, and Jim McPIke, Alton. 

Barnes led the six representatives on a tour of the 
control center, a ride on a 'Big Bend' bus, an 'L' ride 
from the Clark/Lake station to 79 station on the Lake- 
Dan Ryan route, and a motorized tour of the giant 
South Shops and 77th street bus garage complex. 

In the South Shqjs, the representatives expressed 
surprise that the CTA employees do so much of the re- 
pair work on our buses. Others found it interesting 
that many employees spend over 30 years at the CTA, 
and that some families have a tradition of two or three 
generations working in Chicago transit. 

After the tour, Barnes, a former state representa- 
tive himself, said his visitors expressed amazement 
at the vast scope of the CTA's operations. 

"They told me they never realized how big an area 
the CTA covers, said it was 'mind boggling' the way 
we provide 2.3 million rides each weekday and 24-hour 

Representatives ride in turntable section of a 'Big Bend' bus. The 
group was joined by Thomas Wolgemuth, manager. Maintenance, in 

service to our riders. 

"Most of all," Barnes said, "the representatives 
said they were impressed by our employees' dedica- 
tion to their duties and their obvious pleasure in per- 
forming their tasks. 

"Most downstate legislators have not seen the 
CTA's operations as these representatives have done." 

Barnes said he plans to invite other legislators to 
tour the CTA so they too could learn how large and 
diverse the CTA is and why it requires a large amount 
of public funding. 



Jud Lawrie 

Jud Lawrie was recently ap- 
pointed Manager of the CTA's 
newly reorganized Budget Depart- 
ment by Chairman Eugene M, 

Lawrie will be responsible for 
budget development, multi-year 
budget planning and management, 
and program analysis. 

Lawrie returns to the CTA 
after having spent four years as 
Manager of Operations Planning at 
the Regional Transportation Au- 
thority (RTA). In 1975 he was 
Director of the Office of Research 
for the CTA. 

He previously served as a 
transportation consultant to the 
Illinois General Assembly, As- 
sociate Director of the RTA Citi- 
zens Committee for Better Trans- 
portation, and Director of the Mass 
Transportation Office at the Illi- 
nois Department of Transportation. 

Lawrie has a Master of Busi- 
ness Administration degree from 
the University of Chicago and a 
Bachelor of Business Administra- 
tion degree from Baylor Univer- 
sity, Waco, Texas. 

Quick response proves effective 
during 16th street emergency 

Like the well-drilled crew of a 
Navy ship in wartime, CTA personnel 
have learned to respond quickly and 
effectively to the rapid transit version 
of the call to "General Quarters." 

The alarm was sounded at 10:20 
a.m. Monday, August 1 1 , for an emer- 
gency on the North-South and Dan 
Ryan structure near 16th Street. 
There, parts of a derrick being carried 
on a freight train passing below struck 
and protruded up through the struc- 
ture, disabling a Lake/Dan Ryan train 
traveling above. 

Within minutes the call to "battle 
stations" was sounded through the 
"internal intercom system" that aUows 
instant communication from the 
Control Center. A command post 
was set up in the Control Center to 
coordinate the activities of all depart- 
ments that would be involved in 
evacuation procedures and the res- 
toration of service. 

Harold Geissenheimer, General 
Operations Manager, said of the re- 
sponse to the emergency, "CTA has 
become an expert in crisis management. 
We have been tested. Over the past 
five years our people have been called 
upon to do things they never did 
before. When the incident at 16th 
Street occurred, we implemented our 
emergency procedures - - and they 

Immediate rescue efforts were led 
by W. Edward Nash, assistant district 
superintendent, South Rail District, 
who was riding in the first car of the 
disabled train. After calming riders 
through announcements over the train's 
speaker system, Nash helped motor- 
man Thomas Blaney and conductor 
Scott Givens evacuate them onto a 
Howard-bound Mainline train that was 
halted on the adjacent track. 

At the same time, other employees 
and firemen helped riders from other 
trains that were stranded when power 
was cut. And when on-the-scene 
inspection indicated that service could 
not be restored until special supports 

could be built to strengthen the struc- 
ture, trains were turned back at 35th 
and Roosevelt on the Mainline, and at 
35 th and Adams/Wabash on the Lake/ 
Dan Ryan. 

To close the gap in service, an 
emergency bus shuttle was organized. 
One bus route was set up to carry 
Lake/Dan Ryan riders between 35th 
and Adams/Wabash, where trains from 
Harlem were returning west using the 
outer Loop. Another shuttle route was 
estabhshed to carry riders south 
through the Loop along State Street 
to 35th on the Mainline. From an 
initial 27 buses, this service was ex- 
panded to 104 buses by the afternoon 
rush period. 

To keep the public informed about 
service developments, the Pubhc Affairs 
department maintained frequent con- 
tact with the news media, while volun- 
teers from the General Office, under 
the direction of Operations Planning, 
notified riders directly at subway and 
'L' stations and other strategic points 
in the Loop. 

Meanwhile, ironworkers and other 
maintenance personnel rushed to the 
scene of the emergency to build tem- 
porary supports under the damaged 
structure to make it safe for rail traffic. 
By the start of the Tuesday morning 
rush period, service on the North- 
South Mainline had already been re- 

Service had to be cut again after 
the Wednesday evening rush period in 
order to rebuild the temporary 
supports in such a way that one of the 
blocked freight line tracks could be 
reopened. This work was completed in 
time for the Thursday morning rush 
period, when service was completely 
restored on both the North-South 
Mainline and the Lake/Dan Ryan. 

The final phase of the emergency 
is expected to come in November, 
when a specially fabricated, 72-foot- 
long girder will be installed to replace 
the one that was damaged. 


Board approves purchase 
of 125 articulated buses 

A CTA articulated bus was a star attraction of the Englewood Back to 
School Parade on August 30, featuring window decorations produced 
by the Community Relations staff and exterior signs by the Passenger 
Controls/Graphics section. Operations Planning. Chairman Barnes 
was among city dignitaries who attended the parade. 

At its regular monthly meeting on September 3, the 
Chicago Transit Board authorized the purchase of 125 
articulated buses at a contract price of $33,731,250 
($269,850 each). 

Similar to the 20 'Big Bend' articulated buses that 
have been in operation at CTA for over a year and a 
half, the new diesel powered buses consist of two sec- 
tions connected by bellows-like panels and a turntable 
which coordinate turning movements. The buses will 
have 65 seats, with a maxtmimi capacity, including 
standees, of 130 riders. The wide two way front door 
with center grab rail, as on current 'Big Bends', will 
provide fast boarding and exiting of passengers. 

Several important new features are included in this 

— The buses will have a wheel chair lift built into 
the rear door where the steps will convert into a lift 
platform. Three seats near the rear door will fold 
back to make room for the wheel chair. 

— The first step will be only 12 and three-quarter 
inches from the ground, as compared with 14 and one- 
half inches on thepresent articulated buses and 13 and 
one-half inches on standard CTA buses. 

— A back-up ventilation system consisting of four 
power vents in the roof will supplement the air con- 

"The CTA has been operating 20 similar articulated 

buses since February of 1979. As part of our test 
program, the buses were operated on various heavily 
traveled routes throughout the city and proved to be 
fully adaptable and cost efficient," said CTA Chairman 
Eugene M. Barnes, 

The contract for the buses is to be let to M.A.N. 
Truck and Bus Corporation, the only bidder. The 
buses will be built in both the U.S. and Germany (53 
per cent in the U.S.). Currently, there are no manu- 
facturers of articulated buses in the U.S. 

The buses will be purchased with an Interstate 
Transfer Grant from the federal government (85 
per cent) and an Illinois state grant (15 per cent). 
Delivery of the 125 buses is scheduled to start in 
April, 1982, and be completed in January, 1983. 

Many thanks . . . 

To my former fellow employees at the Mart and the 
CTA Pioneers Retirement Club: many thanks for your 
get-well cards, flowers and phone calls. I am now home 
recovering from a triple by-pass operation on my heart. 
Your well wishes helped my recovery, which was a slow 

Russ Warnstedt 


Dora Martin (Forest Glen Garage) 
was praised by Rosalie Schultz, 
of North Kedzie avenue, "for the 
fine job she is doing" on her #152 
Addison bus. "This driver was 
very courteous and helpful, and 
she had a lively, generous know- 
ledge of her route. She was able 
to help passengers find not only 
their streets, but also particular 
locations along those streets and 
the best ways of reaching them. 
Best of all, this driver had a sense 
of humor that kept things in 
proportion. She was obviously 
not just grinding along making a 
living. It was more like she was 
adventuring along making a life. 
And I for one was glad to be on 
board with her." 

Ronald Gray Sr. (Beverly Garage) 
was complimented by Henri Dela- 
coeur, of East 95th street, for his 
handling of a #34 South Michigan 
bus. "While riding with this driver 
from the 95th street terminal to 
112th street, I was impressed 
with his smooth, skillful negotia- 
tion of the bus, his courtesy 
toward riders and to other drivers, 
and his emphasis on safety. After 
40 years of involvement with 
several phases of transportation, I 
feel I am qualified to make this 
assessment. Please congratulate 
this employee and let him know 
that skill, courtesy, and a bit of 
extra effort will always be appre- 
ciated and recognized." 

commendation corner 

Lloyd Winston (North Park Garage) was the driver of a 
#22 Clark bus that Bruce Priebe rode one hot summer 
evening on his way to an office on Diversey Parkway. "I 
have never met any employee who was so pleasant and took 
so much pride in his job pleasing his passengers. Everyone 
was greeted with a pleasant smile and 'Good evening,' and 
when a blind man got on the bus, he took extra care in 
boarding him and his dog. All this took place in abnormal 
95-degree weather when tempers are bound to flare and 
people tend to be cross. Please compliment this man on a 
job well done. He surely does deserve it." 

Edna Lomax (69th Street Garage) won the approval of 
Annette Lemke, of North Pulaski road, for the way she 
handled illegal boarders on her #9 Ashland bus. "At Madi- 
son, she asked three men if they were going to come up 
front and pay their fares. When they failed to respond after 
she asked again, she stopped the bus, picked up her phone, 
and alerted CTA downtown. The men got off. Later, two 
other men entered througli the rear door, and again she 
asked them to bring their fares up front. They did, but she 
was ready with her phone just in case. She is a good driver 
who keeps alert and doesn't tolerate freeloaders." 

Robert Baker (Forest Glen Garage) "makes the whole 
CTA shine," according to John Kepler, who rode his #92 
Foster bus to work on North Francisco avenue. "This morn- 
ing he greeted me and other passengers with a warm 'Good 
morning.' He called street names clearly before each stop. 
When an elderly gentleman boarded, the driver was very 
careful starting up so as not to cause the man to lose his 
balance. When two passengers getting off a northbound 
I\ilaski bus obviously could not make it across the street in 
time to transfer to our bus, the driver stopped after crossing 
Pulaski to allow them to board. I appreciate this man's 
attitude toward his job." 

Vytautas Stukelis (Archer Garage) was commended by 
John Cisarik, of South Melvina avenue, for his courtesy while 
driving a #62 Archer bus one hot Sunday afternoon. In a 
letter to the editor that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 
Cisarik said, "The bus driver was one of the most pleasant 
I've ever encountered on the CTA. He answered questions 

about the Sunday fares, thanked people for showing him 
their CTA passes of super transfers, and was generally courte- 
ous despite the heat and the fact that he was driving into the 
glare of the sun. I'm sure no one has struck a medal for 
courtesy yet, but this driver ought to be in line for an award." 

Jesse Bolian (North Park Garage) was the subject of a 
letter from Howard Peschke, of Southgate, Michigan, who 
was a passenger on his #151 Sheridan bus while visiting 
Chicago. "He was courteous and helpful to the riders, and 
he handled the bus so well that the ride was smooth and 
comfortable. This included starts and stops. I Uved in 
Chicago for three years and utilized the transit system every 
day, and this is the first time I have been so impressed with 
a driver that I wanted to sit down and write a letter about it. 
As long as the CTA has drivers like this one they can be 

John Brugess (Limits Garage) "made bus riding a pleasure," 
according to Ralph Scheu, an attorney with offices on West 
Washington street, who was a rider on his #36 Broadway 
bus. "He greeted each passenger with a 'Good morning,' 
started smoothly, and drove carefully and rapidly without 
speeding. He stopped without jarring, watched for potential 
riders approaching the stops so they would not miss the bus, 
and called out the street names loudly and distinctly. He 
also was mindful of traffic, stayed in the bus lane where 
possible, and stopped as near to the curb as possible. He 
even had a farewell greeting, such as 'Have a nice day, now.' 
He is to be commended highly." 

John Aasen (Forest Glen Garage) was appreciated by Mrs. 
James Penney, of Tliorndale avenue, for his consideration 
whUe rerouting his #84 Peterson bus. "Our driver was 
unable to turn north into Kenmore because of a super-sized 
moving van that was blocking the street. Aware that people 
were waiting to board the bus at the 'L,' he flagged down a 
passing squad car and asked them to notify the crowd to 
meet our bus at Broadway. He also alerted an eastbound 
driver so that he, too, could make adjustments. Some riders 
were quick to voice their anger about the inconvenience, 
but our driver remained cool, calm and friendly. I was 
impressed by his excellent attitude." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employes re- 
ceiving commendations recently were: 

Thomas Abel Jr. and Jeff Anderson, 
both of Limits; Christopher Adams and 
Pedro Alicea, both of North Avenue; Rosa 
Alfaro, Forest Glen; and Curtis Anderson 
and David Arreguln, both of North Park, 

William Banks, North Avenue; Johnny 
Banks and Dorothy Bamer, both of 77th 
Street; Evelyn Betts, West Section; Jesse 
Bolian, Michael Boyk, and Anthony Borrelli, 
all of North Park; and Emanuel Bolarinwa, 
Robbie Brown, and John Brugess, all of 

Jean Cage, Jose Canales, and Robert 
Cossom, all of Limits; Theodore Cachamp- 
is, Griz Craig, and David Curry, all of 
North Park; John Cameron, Ashland/95th; 
and Maria Clark, 77th Street. 

Marie Daniels and Lynn Davis, both of 
Limits ; Dwane Davy and Frederick Douglas, 
both of North Park; Edmimd Daddezio, 
ElectraDeAlba, and Hector De Jesus, all of 
North Avenue; and Rogers Dean, Lawndale. 

Steve Feller, Albert Fields, and Bryon 
Franklin, all of North Park; and Henry 
Fields, North Avenue. 

Joe Gill, Jeffrey Gresser, and Terrence 

Griffin, all of Archer; Julio Garcia, Howard/ 
Kimball; and Matthew Grayson, 69th Street. 

R. L. Hampton, Archer; Leo Hara, North 
Park; Larry Harper and Lawrence Hart, 
both of North Avenue; and Marvin Harris 
and Frank Hruby, both of Lawndale. 

Michael Jackson, 69th Street; Melvin 
Jefferies and William Johnson Jr., both of 
52nd Street; and Jennifer Johnson, North 

Martin Kane, Howard/Kimball; David 
Kelly, North Park; and James Kolstad, 

James Larry, 52nd Street; Robert Lay 
and Leblanc Ledree, both of Limits; Char- 
lie Lee, North Section; Alpha Lambert, 
77th Street; Charley Lane, Beverly; Claud- 
ioLombardi, Forest Glen; and Tulio Lopez, 
North Park. 

Adolph Marth, Angel Martinez, Aubrey 
McGregor, Michael McGuill, and Edgar 
MoUinedo, all of North Park; Ellis May, 
Archer; Abraham McKeiver, 69th Street; 
Elnora McKenzie, West Section; Francisco 
Medrano, Forest Park; Gustavo Meza and 
Faye Murry, both of Limits; Isaias Molina 
and Robert Moyer.bothof Forest Glen; and 
Johnny Moore, Lawndale. 

Dianna Owens, Noilh Park. 

John Palaggi Jr., 77th Street; Santiago 
Pantoja, Campaign Area; Isaac Price, 
Lawndale; and Rlcardo Puerto, Douglas/ 

Robert Quattrocki, Douglas/Congress. 

Mattie Raines and Anthony Reynolds, 
both of North Avenue; Leslie Randall, 
Limits; Richard Roma, North Park; and 
Joseph Rossie, Central District. 

Santiago Sanchez and Robert Surita, both 
of 77th Street; Kenneth Simpson, Joseph 
Smoot, and Leroy Starr, all of North Park; 
James Sloan, 52nd Street; Joseph Stilwell, 
Limits; and Angelo Sturino, Howard/Kim- 

Wendell Talbert, North Park; Henry 
Terry, Lawndale; and Barbara Thomas, 
West Section. 

Francisco Valle, North Avenue; and 
Frank Viola, North Park. 

Peter Willemsen, Maurice Willis, and 
Lloyd Winston, all of North Park; Abner 
Williams Jr. and Barbara Williams, both 
of Limits; Edward Williams and Oliver 
Wilson Jr., both of North Avenue; Monroe 
Williams, Beverly; Theodore Williams, 
77th Street; and Royal Woolfolk, Archer. 

Raymond Castrogiovanni 

Raymond Castrogiovanni has been ap- 
pointed superintendent. Contract Construc- 
tion, Engineering. He formerly served as 
supervisor. Construction Inspection, in the 
same department. Castrogiovanni joined 
CTA in 1974 as a construction inspector. 
Previously he was a construction super- 
intendent for general contractors. He and 
his wife, Evelyn, have five sons and live in 
the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the 
Southwest Side. 

Two new assistant superintendents have 
been named by the Transportation Depart- 

ment. John Blum is assigned to the Ser- 
vice section, where he formerly was a 
management/professional intern. Isaac 
Clark, former m/p intern, Persoimel, is 
now assistant superintendent. Far South. 

In Vehicle Maintenance, Michael Vas- 
quez, former xmit supervisor. Terminals, 
has been selected supervisor. Rail Vehicle 
Terminals. New as tmit supervisors, in- 
tern, are Matthew Mantia, former garage 
assistant foreman, 77th Street, and Emanu- 
el Porter, former garage night foreman, 

Anthony Ambut, former training co- 
ordinator. Human Resources-Training/ 
Development Programs, is now communi- 
cations coordinator in the same section. 
In Vehicle Maintenance-Methods/Standards, 
George Michaud has moved from materials 
coordinator to supply control coordinator. 

Four new travel information representa- 
tives are now working in the Travel Infor- 
mation Center: Samuel Highsmith, former 
traffic checker. Operations Planning; Rob- 
ert Dennis and James Nimn Jr., both for- 
mer drivers. Archer; and Sterling Tharp 
Jr., former driver, 52nd Street. 

In new positions as service truck chauf- 
feurs, Transportation-Utility, are George 
Rivera, former driver. North Park, and 
Scott Maginnis, former security officer. 

Now serving as painter apprentices. 
South Shops, are Robert Kuropas, former 
carpenter apprentice at the same location, 
and Richard Chacon, former bus servicer. 
Archer. Thurman Collier, former stock 
clerk. Materials Management-Stores, has 
become a painter helper. South Shops, while 
Booker Taylor, former janitor. Plant 
Maintenance, has been selected painter "A". 

Also in Vehicle Maintenance at South 
Shops are four recently chosen laborers: 
Roberto Pagan and Bruce Johnson, both 
former drivers, 77th Street; Judy Reno, 
former janitor. Plant Maintenance; and Guy 
Hillock, former bus servicer. Archer. 

In Plant Maintenance, Luigi Lombardi 
and Salvatore Fontanetta, both former 
trackmen, have become "B" helpers. Wil- 
lie Haskell, former blacksmith/welder, 
South Shops, has moved to Plant Mainte- 
nance as an electrical and acetylene welder. 

James Stephen, former payroll clerk. 
Payroll, and Reimar Pielstron, former 
travel information representative. Travel 
Information Center, have been selected 
field audit clerks, Financial Services- 
Internal Auditing. Within Financial Ser- 
vices, Alex Fritzler has moved from pay- 
roll clerk to bill clerk. 

Charles Haynes has been reassigned 
from unit exchange clerk to production 
clerk at South Shops, while David Perez 
has made the same change at SkoMe Shop. 
Ronald Scott, former driver, 69th Street, 
has been chosen training services clerk, 
Hxunan Resources-Training/Development 

Grace Winfrey, formerly unassigned. 
Human Resources-Employment/Placement, 
is now treasury utility clerk. Treasury. 
Catherine Brady has been promoted from 
utility clerk I, Materials Management, to 
utility clerk n. Law File Administration. 
Loretta Adams, former typist, Financial 
Services, has become utility clerk. Insur- 
ance & Pensions. Patricia Baker, former 
stenographer H, Law, and Maria Benitez, 
former stenographer I, Engineering, are 
now both stenographer n's. Engineering. 


New rail 

Eight new rail service supervisors 
have joined the supervisor pool after 
completing an extensive training pro- 
gram that places special emphasis on 
trouble-shooting and restoration of 
service techniques. 

The training included 14 formal 
sessions and 40 hours of rail supervisor 
experience under the guidance of 
other supervisors. There were also 
tours to familiarize trainees with the 
entire rail system and instruction in 
the operation of various types of 

Ed Mitchell, director, Support Ser- 
vices, was in charge of the training, 
which was also taken by six General 
Office personnel whose knowledge of 
rail procedures was considered helpful 
in carrying out their jobs. 

Wilbert Matthews, one of the new 
supervisors, said of the training, "I 
think it got down to basics. It also 
helped me utilize the skills I had 
acquired as motorman, conductor and 
towerman." He added, "I liked learn- 
ing about how and why things are 
done in an emergency, as well as how 
to deal with other personnel." 

Julio Diaz commented, "It has been 
a very good experience. I will continue 
to do my best and hope to have other 
opportunities to move ahead in my 
career at CTA." 

Ellis Sansing reported. "I think the 
instruction was very thorough, and 
that the instructors went out of their 
way to make sure we understood 
everything. I appreciated the emphasis 

Displaying certificates recognizing their completion of supervisor training are (seated left to right): 
Julio Diaz, EIree Jones, James Colles, and John McEnaney. Standing are (left to right): Ivory 
Davis, Ellis Sansing, Corinthian Brunt, and Wilbert Matthews. 

on dealing with employees as people 
instead of just badges. It's a serious 

According to John McEnaney, "Now 
I have a better understanding of how 
the company operates. I learned a 
great deal about trouble-shooting and 
restoration of service, though you 
never know enough. I'll keep trying to 
gain more knowledge on the job." 

Elree Jones said she was qualified 
in all positions in rail, including yard 
foreman, but that the training was 
"interesting and comprehensive. I feel 
I can handle just about anything, now, 
and that I have a good rapport with 
the personnel. I enjoyed the experience 
of going through the entire rail system 
and seeing the subways from portal 
to portal." 

Corinthian Brunt believes, "I really 
accomplished something. Before this, 

I wasn't familiar with the yards and 
switching. Now I don't think there's 
any problem out there I can't deal 
with. I think we had a great group of 

Ivory Davis regarded the training as 
"a prerequisite for getting into instruc- 
tion and perhaps becoming a superin- 
tendent some day. I've certainly 
broadened my view of transportation 
and strengthened my knowledge of 
trouble-shooting. It also taught me 
some things I didn't know about the 
work of a towerman, switchman, and 
yard foreman." 

James Colles suggested, "There's 
always something more to learn about 
restoration of service and trouble- 
shooting. The training taught me how 
to deal with the problems that can 
come up, and gave me a real feeling 
for what's going on out in the system." 

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First group to complete an eight-week Material Handling and 
Warehousing course sponsored by Materials Management Depart- 
ment include (from left, standing) Robert Gorz, stock clerk. West 
Shops; Eugene Magad, course instructor; Richard Smith, stock 
clerk. South Shops; John Gurrieri, stock clerk, Skokie Shop; 
Lawrence Jones, stock clerk. South Shops; Lawrence Tischer, stock 
clerk. Lower Yard; David Bremer, stock clerk. Merchandise Mart; 
Rowland Sykes, stock clerk. South Shops, and Fred Krawczyk, 
stock clerk. West Shops. Seated (from left) are James Quails, 

order control clerk. Merchandise Mart; Martha Hallock, secretary. 
Merchandise Mart; Dorothy Harmon, salvage control clerk. Mer- 
chandise Mart; Terry Carroll, stock clerk. South Shops; Billie 
Thompson, stock clerk, Skokie Shop, and Donald Powell, stock 
clerk. South Shops. Ed Deles, unit supervisor. Records and Train- 
ing, Materials Management, and coordinator for the course, said 
that approximately 120 department members are slated to take 
the course, which is conducted by Eugene Magad and Associates, 
consultants to the warehousing industry. 


Return trip to yesteryear 

Approximately 300 employees, retirees, and guests en- 
joyed a return trip to yesteryear at the Illinois Railway 
Museum in Union, Illinois, on Saturday, August 23. The 
second annual CTA Day was sponsored by the CTA Group 
Travel Program in conjunction with the museum. Attrac- 
tions included rides on historic equipment, restoration and 
signals tours, movies, and hand car rides. 

For more information about Group Travel Program 
events, contact Ms. Harriett Murphy, special projects co- 
ordinator, Human Resources department. Room 7-170, 
Mart, ext. 75 1 . 

Enjoying the festivities was Pensioner John Gritis (Reproduction '78), 
and his wife, Rosemary, and Pensioner Pat Gill (West Shops 76), and 
his wife, Grace. 

Pensioner Ray Zielinski (North Avenue '77), pilots #144, Pullman 
vintage 1908, last operated out of 77th Street. 

Scott and Eric Swanson enjoyed the old steam engine with their father, 
Paul (Maintenance). 

Mary and Joe Repplinger, now retired, 
enjoyed the outing. 

Gordon Balazs (Transportation) helps his 
grandson, Brian, off the steps of the old 
railroad coach, as his wife, Georgiana, 
awaits her turn. 

James Larry (52nd Street), and his wife, 
Janie, and children, Jason, Jeremy and 
Jennifer, enjoyed a streetcar ride. 




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Alvin Rohde (North Avenue) enjoyed the 
day with his friend. Vera Gutzman. 


Cover girls 
return for 
Monthly Pass 

When motorman D. J. Sweeney came 
in to have his photo taken for a com- 
mendation in 1948, he treated his two 
daughters, Eileen and KatliJeen, to a 
trip downtown. 

Sweeney was being commended for 
stopping his elevated train early one 
morning after he spotted a burning 
bam in a neighborhood of frame 
houses. He blew his train whistle for 
several minutes, waking the people in 
the neighborhood who put out the 
fire before it could spread. 

During the commendation photo 
session, the CTA photographer also 
photographed Sweeney with his daugh- 
ters. He sent copies to Sweeney and 
kept a file copy. 

When the Transit News staff checked 
the photo files for feature ideas for the 
December, 1950, issue, they discovered 
the photo of Sweeney and his daugh- 
ters. Eileen and Kathleen then ap- 
peared on the cover of the magazine 
and were featured in a monthly column 
caUed "TO THE LADIES . . . from 
Joan." The column told how to make 
Christmas decorations at home, using 
photos taken in the Sweeney home. 

Thirty years later in July, 1980, 
Eileen and Kathleen and their daugh- 
ters acted as extras during the filming 
of the CTA Monthly Pass commercial. 

Eileen and her husband James 
Peters, a Chicago fireman, live on the 
northwest side with their four children 
Jimmy, 18, Kevin, 17, Maureen, 14, 
and Sheila, 10. 

Kathleen and her husband William 
Keogh, a real estate developer for the 
Homart division of Sears, Roebuck, 
& Co., live in Park Ridge, IlUnois, with 
their two daughters Colleen, 10, and 
Catherine, 9. 

Motorman D. J. Sweeney retired in 
1965. He spent part of each year with 
the Peters in Chicago and the rest of 
each year with the Keoghs who then 
lived in Phoenix, Arizona. After 
Sweeney's death in 1978, the Keoghs 
moved to Park Ridge. 

Eileen and Kathleen were thrilled to 
be extras in the Monthly Pass commer- 
cial, because it brought back many 
fond memories of their father and their 
many friends in other CTA families. 

The December, 1950, Transit News cover featured Eileen Sweeney, age 9, and Kathleen Sweeney, 
age 10, holding their home made Christmas decorations. 

Taking a break during the filming of the Monthly Pass commercial are Eileen (Sweeney) Peters 
(left) and her daughters Sheila (left), age 10, and Maureen (center), age 14, and Kathleen (Sweeney) 
Keogh (right) with her daughters Catherine, age 9, and Colleen, age 10 (far right). 



CTA deposits funds in minority banks 

More than $5 million just released 
to the Chicago Transit Authority has 
been deposited in seven of Chicago's 
minority banking institutions. Chair- 
man Barnes said the funds were placed 
in short-term investments with a maxi- 
mum maturity not exceeding 3 1 days. 
Recipients of the money were: 
Seaway National Bank, 645 East 87th 
street; Highland Bank, 1701 West 
87th street; Independence Bank, 7936 
South Cottage Grove avenue; Union 
National Bank, 1 1 108 South Michigan 
avenue; Community Bank of Lawn- 
dale, 807 South Homan avenue; 
Washington National Bank, 2525 
North Kedzie; and Morgan Park 
Savings and Loan, 10859 South 

"We have started this program of 
banking in the neighborhoods be- 
cause the CTA wants to invest in the 
communities we serve," said Chairman 
Barnes, "and the CTA has funneled a 
total of $71 million in short-term 
investments to minority banking insti- 
tutions since January." 

The CTA has allocated 10 percent 
of all its funds for placement in the 
Community Banking program, a spe- 
cial minority business effort estab- 
lished by Chairman Barnes. 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes signs checl(S totaling more than $5 million which were placed 
in short-term investments with seven of Chicago's minority banks. Present for the event were, 
from left, Ernest Collins, chairman. Seaway National Bank; Miss Adele White, managing director, 
Morgan Park Savings and Loan, and Stanley W. Tate, senior vice president. Highland Bank. Repre- 
senting other banking institutions sharing In the Community Banking program, but not present 
for the signing, were Lonnie Radcliff, assistant vice president. Independence Bank; Charles Wells, 
president. Union National Bank; James T. Hadley, senior vice president. Community Bank of 
Lawndale, and Frank Cyr, president, Washington National Bank. 

Saving for the future with 
deferred compensation 

The CTA Deferred Compensation plan is now two years 
old. Since inception, CTA employees have invested 
$6,727,340 in the program. The current value of the fund is 
approximately $6,820,000 and an additional $288,000 have 
been paid out in benefits to participating employees. The 
gain over contributions are approximately $400,000. 

For those of you who have not recently focused on our 
Deferred Compensation plan, an annual contribution of the 
lesser of 25% of salary of $7,500 is permitted by law. Con- 
tributions reduce your salary for purposes of determining 
the amount of Federal and State income tax you must cur- 
rently pay. These funds are taxed, later, at the time you 
make your withdrawals. 

The CTA program offers an employee a variety of ways to 
have your funds invested: (a) guaranteed investments where 
your principal is absolutely safe and you earn a high rate of 
interest, and (b) investments in a combination of stocks 
and/or bonds which fluctuate in value from day to day. 

The companies that have been providing tax investment 
and life insurance options for the plan are Capitol Life 
(savings). Fidelity (life), Great-West (savings), Lincoln 
National (investments), and T. Rowe Price (investments). 

Two recent developments should be of interest to many of 
our employees. Fidelity Security will now guarantee issue 
to $10,000 of life insurance to anyone age 50 or under. The 
T. Rowe Price Money Market Fund is now available as an 
option for those interested in placing a portion of their funds 
into a fluctuating investment. 

Congratulations to Giles Liddeil who earned his Associ- 
ate Arts degree from Truman College in August, with an 
emphasis on human behavior. He is now attending 
Northeastern University studying transportation, en- 
vironment, and human behavior, and also is on the 
Board of Governors' program there. 

Deferred Compensation is one of the few remaining legiti- 
mate tax deferrals available. If you have the desire and 
capacity to save money, you owe it to yourself to examine 
the opportunities available under the CTA program. 

For more details, call our Administrator, Intangible 
Marketing, Inc., at 263-1662. 


public safety awards 

With a rate 25 per cent lower than the entire surface 
system, Archer garage finished first in the CTA Public Safety 
Award for the second quarter of 1 980. 

The winning statistics were: A traffic accident rate of 
4.02 per 1 00,000 miles of driving, and a passenger accident 
rate of 0.53 per 100,000 miles of driving. This was 55 
per cent lower than the entire surface system rate. 

Congress terminal took the rail award with a winning 
average of a combined traffic and passenger accident fre- 
quency of 0.314, or one accident for every 300,000 miles 
of operation, for the second quarter of 1980. 

Joe Steinbach (left), superintendent. Archer garage, receives second 
quarter Public Safety Award plaque from Ed Henry, supervisor. Safety 
Peformance and Analysis, as James Blaa, manager, Transportation, 
looks on. 

Tom Boyle (center), manager. Safety, presents second quarter rail 
Public Safety Award plaque to Mike Veltri, superintendent. Congress, 
as Transportation manager Blaa smiles with approval. 

Transportation manager Blaa is flanked by William Spencer (left), and 
Jake Reed who display Outstanding Employee awards they received. 

Leonia Butler (left), and Thomas Castro proudly display the Outstand- 
ing Employee awards certificate presented to them. 

Showing their satisfaction for being number one are Archer operators 
(left to right): Edith Sellers, Ernest Leaks, Victoria Chess, Renardo 
Coleman and Mitchell Austin. 



Fans pin hopes on 
1980 Bears 

By W. B. Wolfan 

The football season is upon us once again, and a 
championship-hungiy Chicago sports fandom is pinning 
its hopes on the 1980 Chicago Bears and general man- 
ager Jim Fink's master plan to rebuild the Bear 
dynasty that once ruled pro football with an iron hand. 

Only the old-timers can remember the mighty 
Bears of yesteryear when the so-called Monsters 
romped over the Washington Redskins, 73 to 0, in the 
championship playoff game of 1941. 

There have been many heroes in the glorious past, 
George McAfee, Sid Luckman, Bronco Nagurski, Red 
Grange, Beattie Feathers, Bill Hewitt, to name just a 
few. But in professional football as it is played today, 
the past is mere nostalgia. The burning question is 
"What have you done for us lately?" 

There is no question, however, about the greatness 
of former Bear teams that dominated the National 
Football League. They played fundamental football 
with massive power plays for Coach George Halas. 
Credit should go where credit is due, and those old- 
time Bears were winners in every way. 

It was back in 1963 when the last Chicago Bear 
championship team defeated the New York Giants, 14 
to 10, the sixth and last championship for George 
Halas in his 36th year as coach of the team 17 years 

The year was 1921 when the Decatur Staleys moved 
to Cubs Park in Chicago from Decatur, Illinois, and 
Halas began the long-time era of champions that com- 
mands perhaps the most loyal football following in the 

A year later, in 1922, the Staleys became the Chi- 
cago Bears and the American Professional Football 
Association underwent the name change that endures 
today— the National Football League. 

There are many factors to be taken into considera- 
tion in any given pro football season, particularly this 

The 1979 Bears' whirlwind finish with seven vic- 
tories in their final eight games and a playoff berth 
had the home fan constituency in a state of euphoria 
last winter that has carried over into this year. 

Much depends upon the good health of one of the 
wonder football players of this century, Walter Payton. 

This writer has seen quite a few of the great stars 
in action during a long sports writing career— includ- 
ing Tom Harmon of Michigan, George McAfee and 
Gale Sayers of the Bears, Glenn Davis of the Army, 
and O. J. Simpson, but will have to say without hesi- 
tation that Walter Payton is as good, perhaps better 
than, any of that distinguished list of elusive break- 
away runners— a truly great and electrifying football 
player who can break a game open at any time. 

We have a friend who captained the Wolverines of 

Neill Armstrong 
Head Coach 
Chicago Bears 

(Photo Courtesy 
Chicago Bears) 

Michigan many years ago. He says his most memo- 
rable moment was a prone position on the ground as 
Red Grange galloped by him for five touchdowns in 12 
minutes. This individual rates Payton in the same 
category as Grange— a rugged competitor who plays 
as well "hurt" as he does when in perfect health. 

Last year Payton, despite a painful shoulder in- 
jury, wrai his fourth consecutive NFC rushing title with 
1610 yards, a magnificent performance. 

Whoever said "As goes Payton, so go the Bears," 
knew what he was talking about. He is the ball club. 
However, under Coach Armstrong, the Bears have im- 
proved one hundred per cent defensively. So has the 
offensive line, and that helps Payton. 

Much depends on the passing game to give Payton 
needed relief from his rushing duties. If the passing 
game clicks, the Bears will make the playoffs. But 
October is not when Division titles are decidedo So 
the Bear hopes will hinge on the November-December 
stretch drive. Their schedule is much tougher this 
year than last, and Tampa and Detroit will have a lot 
to say about the Divisional flag before the season is 

In the overall pro picture, the two principal con- 
tenders in the AFC Central Division, Pittsburgh's 
Champion Steelers and the Houston Oilers (with Ken 
Stabler at the controls), appear to have the two strong- 
est teams in all pro football. This writer is betting 
on the Steelers to take it all again. 

Roger Staubach's departure from the Dallas Cow- 
boys obviously will make it a wide open race in the 
NFC Eastern Division. The Los Angeles Rams look 
like repeaters in the NFC West, a solid tough football 
team in every department. 

In the AFC West and the AFC East Divisions, it's 
anybody's guess. A big year for Steve Grogan could 
give the New England Patriots a playoff berth. This 
writer favors Dan Fouts and the San Diego Chargers in 
the AFC West, but don't sell the Denver Broncos or 
the Seattle Seahawks short. Both clubs have the 
ability to spring a major upset. 

On to the Super Bowl ! 




Norman Graver 

An informal reception honoring 
Norman Graver of the Methods and 
Standards section was held in the 
Transportation department office 
on August 29 at the Merchandise 
Mart as he joined pensioners after 
34 years of service. 

Prior to joining the Transpor- 
tation department in November 
1974, Graver served in the Security 
department as an investigator, as- 
sistant superintendent, and super- 

Friends and co-workers pre- 
sented him with golf equipment, 
a cash gift, and other items for 
his personal enjoyment. Present 
for the occasion was his daughter, 

The former security chief be- 
gan his public transit career in 
1946 in the Claims department. 

Harvey McClinton, left, superintendent. Methods and Standards section. Transportation depart- 
ment, presents Norman Graver with a pensioner kit at informal reception held recently in the 
Transportation department. The occasion marked the end of Graver's 34-year career in transit. 

Hector Rocourt 

Hector G. Rocourt, senior 
bookkeeper. Insurance and Pen- 
sions, ended his 17-year career 
with CTA when he retired on 
September 1. 

Hector was feted with a surprise 
farewell party given by his co- 
workers on August 26 in the Pen- 
sion Department in the Merchan- 
dise Mart. Craig Heatter, direc- 
tor. Pensions, presented him with 
a barometer, a gift from his co- 

Hector began his career with 
CTA in June, 1963, as a bookkeeper 
in the Pension Department. Prior 
to coming to CTA, he had worked 
in the same capacity with the In- 
tematicaial Harvester company and 
U.S. Steel. 

Hector will make his new home 
in Pompano Beach, Florida, where 
the barometer will come in handy. 

Hector Rocourt (center) is flanked by the ladies who surprised him with his farewell retirement 
party. Left to right: Irma Muniz, Phyllis Skutnik, Dorothy Etscheid and Patricia Hoff. 





District D, Emp. 8-1-45 

Maintenance, Emp. 5-28-75 

Transportation, Emp, 11-19-46 
JOHN MURNANE, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 5-15-44 
MILAN PLACKO, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-22-58 

Limits, Emp. 3-11-46 
HECTOR ROCOURT, Senior Bookkeeper, 

Insurance/Pensions, Emp. 6-10-63 


LEON DAVIS, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 10-3-66 
JOHN W. JOHNSON, Safety Coordinator, 

Safety, Emp. 8-4-71 

North Park, Emp. 9-17-53 
CALVIN SMITH, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 5-26-69 

Pensioners note: 

New riding card 
pictures for 

The CTA photographer has been taking photographs 
for your new identification cards, as announced in 
last month's Transit News: 

Last Name 
beginning with 

A — G Tuesday, September 30 

H - O - Wednesday, October 1 

P - Z - Thursday, October 2 

ARCHER STATION - 2600 W. Pershing Rd. 

A — G • Tuesday, October 7 

H - O ■ Wednesday, October 8 

P - Z - Thursday, October 9 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

If you missed the photo sessions above, you can still 
have your photo taken at the following location 
and time: 

CTA Photographic Department 
Room 7-189 
Merchandise Mart 

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Any weekday after 

October 15, 1980 
No ID cards can be sent out unless the pensioner 
has had a new photo taken. 




Number 9 

Published for employes and retirees of the CTA, 
by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
Nev»s Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Sorcic, 
Jack Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Rick Wrilis. Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employes. Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734. 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

I3Sr l^:Hlls/LOFtXJ^lS/L 

WANDA BEKIER, 56, Accotmting, 

Emp. 8-17-44, Died 7-30-80 
TONY BOGETICH, 68, Maintenance, 

Emp. 9-3-41, Died 7-14-80 
WALTER BOTH, 64, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 10-7-46, Died 7-29-80 
MARVIN BRINSON, 61, 61st Street, 

Emp. 5-9-51, Died 7-22-80 
PAUL BURANDT, 88, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-5-12, Died 7-20-80 
JOHN BUTHMAN, 81, Lawrence, 

Emp. 4-24-23, Died 7-17-80 
WILLIAM L. COLEMAN, 44, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 6-11-62, Died 7-28-80 
STEVE CUCULICH, 90, Way & Structs., 

Emp. 8-3-20, Died 7-29-80 
JOSEPH DOBIAS, 83, Lawndale, 

Emp. 7-11-23, Died 7-29-80 
DANIEL DOLAN, 81, Loomis, 

Emp. 4-16-43, Died 7-24-80 
RUEBEN EKLIND, 88, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-8-25, Died 7-15-80 
FRANK GALEK, 67, Beverly, 

Emp. 10-28-48, Died 7-12-80 
EDWARD GLONKE, 75, Keeler, 

Emp. 5-26-47, Died 7-16-80 
WILLLAM HASKINS, 64, Maintenance, 

Emp. 2-6-51, Died 7-14-80 
ROBERT HENGL, 80, Treasury, 

Emp. 6-19-23, Died 6-23-80 

Emp. 7-5-44, Died 7-28-80 
ADDISON JONES, 78, Reproduction, 

Emp. 10-9-33, Died 7-2-80 
FRANK JONES, 75, Electrical, 

Emp. 6-1-22, Died 7-10-80 
VERNON KEENE, 72, North Section, 

Emp. 7-7-37, Died 7-27-80 
THOMAS LACEY, 82, Office Services, 

Emp. 3-18-41, Died 7-5-80 
PETER MARREN, 73, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 3-26-29, Died 7-25-80 
JEROME MORIARTY, 68, South Shops, 

Emp. 11-21-47, Died 7-10-80 
VIDEL RODRIGUEZ, 31, North Section, 

Emp. 10-25-74, Died 8-8-80 

Emp. 9-17-43, Died 7-12-80 
NICHOLAS RUPP, 71, North Park, 

Emp. 8-21-41, Died 7-8-80 
WILLIAM SCHRAM, 69, Claims, 

Emp. 2-25-37, Died 7-31-80 
ROBERT M. SEDLACK, 77, Schedules, 

Emp. 6-18-23, Died 7-7-80 
DANIEL SEMINERIO, 70, Building, 

Emp. 10-11-41, Died 7-8-80 
ALFRED SOIBERG, 91, 69th Street, 

Emp. 5-18-09, Died 7-12-80 
BEN VALENT, 56, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 12-8-76, Died 7-10-80 
JOHN P. WALSH, 72, Archer, 

Emp. 7-8-43, Died 7-20-80 
ANDREW WIATER, 86, West Shops, 

Emp. 6-28-26, Died 7-7-80 
STANLEY ZALE, 74, North Park, 

Emp. 10-15-45, Died 7-31-80 

in September 

45 years 

Walter Thomas 


Albert C. Lathouwers 


40 years 

Paul J. Minogue, Maintenartce 

35 years 

James T. Degnan, Archer 
Ivo F. Dipiero, Skokie Shop 
Frank J. Fehlh, Electrical 
John I. Newman, South Shops 
William A. Witkus, Forest Glen 
William F. Wittstock, 69th Street 

30 years 

Robert S. Barrett, Skokie Shop 
Jesse Cross, Racine Shop 
Henry Dickerson, Skokie Shop 
Charles Ferrante, Utility 
John V. Filarski, North Park 
Francis P. Gallagher, North Park 
Edwin C. Kennedy, Skokie Shop 
Steve Kudelka Jr., Maintenance 
Henry F. Laws, Instruction 
Joseph M. Marek, North Park 
Gary A. Olsen, Skokie Shop 
William A. Patterson, 77th Street 
Leon M. Poe, South Shops 
Royal E. Reed, 52nd Street 
John A. Shanahan, 61st Street Shop 

25 years 

Mel Alexander, Public Affairs 
John A. Anderson, 69th Street 
Fred L. Bassett, North Avenue 
Dennis C. Dobbyn, Electrical 
Bert V. Hukill, North Avenue 
Albert Porter, Claims 
Rosemary Roberson, Transportation 
Eddie Smith, North Avenue 
Theautry Snyder, North Avenue 
June R. VanCamp, Real Estate 
Theodore Williams, Maintenance 




Just a 

The photos on this page are just a 
few examples taken from feature 
stories about employees and retirees 
that have appeared in Transit News 
during the last nine months. All of 
the stories were suggested by employ- 
ees and retirees or their friends and 

Transit News is your magazine, and 
we would like to print your story, too. 
If you or an employee or retiree that 
you know do intersting community 
work or have an interesting hobby or 
talent, or if you think that a project 
or function of your department would 
be of interest to other employees and 
retirees, send a brief explanation of 
your story idea to: 

Transit News 

CTA Public Affairs 

Room 742 

Merchandise Mart Plaza 

Chicago, Illinois 60654 

or phone; 664-7200, 

ext. 816or ext. 2188 

Please include a telephone number 
where we can call you during business 
hours (8:00AM-4:30 PM). We will 
assign a writer and a photographer to 
cover your story if it is selected for 

Engineers save oil, March, 1980. Plant sale, December, 1979. 

Train collectors, July, 1980. 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Conection Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 



The Mother Bus was on hand during the entire 13-day run of Chicago- 
Fest, servicing buses that brought thousands of festgoers to Navy Pier. 


Mother Bus takes care of j^r own 



Like a mother hen taking care of its chicks, CTA's "Mother 
Bus" "feeds" and "comforts" buses that congregate in large 
numbers away from their home stations. 

The idea for a Mother Bus, which is officially designated a 
"Mobile Repair Unit," came from Dick Schneider, area 
superintendent. Automotive Vehicle Maintenance. He saw 
it as an answer to the need to service buses that had been in 
extended service and which were then used to carry crowds 
attending special events. 

"When you have a whole bunch of buses put into special 
service after being out on the street, there could be a need 
for extra fuel or minor repairs," Schneider said. "And, when 
you shuttle big crowds around, you're sure to have an in- 
terior cleanup job on your hands, too. That's what this 
bus is for." 

The Mother Bus is now a regular feature at ChicagoFest, 
at all Chicago Bears home games, and anywhere else large 
numbers of buses are assembled. It carries two 125-gallon 
fuel tanks with hoses to refuel thirsty buses on the spot, as 
well as individual barrels of engine oil and torque fluid. It 
also has a work bench with a vise to handle minor mechanical 
repairs, and tools and equipment for fixing or cleaning buses. 

The Mother Bus concept was put into practice at the time 
of ChicagoFest 1979, when seats were removed from an old 
out-of-service bus, and barrels of fuel, engine oU, and torque 
fluid were loaded on board for use as needed in the bus 
assembly area at Navy Pier. The present, specially outfitted 
Flxible bus was placed in service for the first time during 
the visit of Pope John Paul II last October. 

The bus is staffed with from two to four maintenance 
people from the Campaign Area under the direction of Jim 
Schultz, assistant foreman. A portable radio keeps the crew 
in contact with the Control Center and supervisory per- 

While a number of maintenance people served on the 
Mother Bus during the 13 days of ChicagoFest 1980, bus 
repairers Sam Washington, John Finley, Joe Dixon, and 
Jon Rucker were regulars who were almost constantly on 
the job. The white-painted bus with black markings is 
generally kept at North Park garage. 

All available space is put to good use on the Mother Bus. Work bench 
straddles tank for engine oil. Cart carries a 5-gallon tank of torque oil. 



OCTOBER, 1980 

CTA offers Health Maintenance Plan 

On November 1, 1980, CTA will open a 30-day en- 
rollment period for eligible employees to choose 
either to join a Health Maintenance Organization, 
HMO for short, or to maintain their present com- 
prehensive medical coverage xinder Travelers Com- 
prehensive Medical Plan. 

If an employee elects to continue with Travelers, 
his health coverage will remain exactly the same. 
However, if an employee chooses to join one of the 
six HMOs offered, his HMO coverage becom&s ef- 
fective on January 1, 1981, and his Travelers' cover- 
age will remain In effect until that time. 

What is HMO? 

An HMO provides health care on a prepayment 
basis — with emphasis on comprehensive, preventative 
treatment, A set monthly fee is paid in advance, and 
then all necessary services are provided. Enrollment 
is voluntary. Each enrollee in the HMO plan selects 
a physician to serve as his "family" doctor. However, 
complete services — including referrals to specialists, 
lab services, and hospital services — are provided. 
Most types of services do not reqmre claim forms. 

How much will HMO cost? 

The HMO plan is an alternative to the present com- 
prehensive medical plan. Therefore, the CTA will 
contribute the same amount toward the cost of the 
HMO as it does for the Comprehensive Medical Plan. 
If the cost of the HMO plan is more, the employee will 
pay the difference through payroll deductions. 

Is there a choice of HMO plans? 

Yes. SLx HMOs will be available to eligible CTA 
employees. They are: Anchor, HAP, Intergroup, 

Michael Reese, Northcare, and Roosevelt. 

How does an employee enroll? 

An enrollment package will be given to each em- 
ployee at his work location near the end of October. 
This package will contain: 

• A general brochure giving more information about 

• A sheet showing a comparison of benefits under 
HMOs and the Comprehensive Medical Plan. 

• Specific rate information. 

• Brochures from each of the six participating HMOs. 

• An enrollment card. 

• Payroll deduction authorization card. 

Every employee must complete the front of the en- 
rollment card and return it to the Insurance Depart- 
ment. An employee will choose either to enroll in an 
HMO plan or to continue the present insurance plan. 
If he chooses HMO coverage, he must complete the 
back of the card also. This selection will be in effect 
for at least one year. 

Will dental coverage be affected? 

The Dental Plan will not be affected. The HMO 
coverage will not provide dental services. An em- 
ployee will continue to obtain the services from his 
dentist and be reimbursed, just as in the past. 

For more information 

Posters providing the telephone numbers of each 
HMO will be placed at each work location, and repre- 
sentatives of the individual HMOs will be visiting each 
location as well. 

Employees are urged to use all the resources avail- 
able to choose the best health plan. 

CTA Chairman Eugene Barnes, second from 
right, hosts a tour of the CTA control center 
during the recent visit of IVIs. Susan Young, 
right, director. Division of Public Transporta- 
tion, Illinois Department of Transportation. 
Joining the tour were, from left, Ms. Helen 
Goodkin, CTA advisor for the handicapped; 
Harold H. Geissenheimer, General Operations 
manager; Ms. Joby Berman, manager, External 
Affairs division, and James Blaa, manager. 
Transportation department. 


CTA celebrates Mexican Independence Day 

When Chicago's Mexican com- 
munity observed the 170th anni- 
versary of Mexico's independence 
on September 13, the CTA was well 

CTA employees of Mexican 
heritage joined the parade along 
Michigan avenue with a beautiful 
float commemorating the start of 
Mexico's War of Independence 
with Spain in 1810. The float was 
sponsored by Local 241 of the 
Amalgamated Transit Union. 

The CTA's "Mini bus" and an 
articulated bus were also included 
in the parade. The float, "Mini 
bus," and articulated bus also 
were in the Little Village parade 
along 26th street earlier the same 

Among CTA employees partici- 
pating in the day's festivities were 
Agustin Martinez, Archer garage, 
driver of the articulated bus; 
Electra de Alba and Maria Her- 
nandez, North Avenue garage; 
Heriberto Nino, Archer garage; 
Nidya Rodriguez, Accounting de- 
partment, and Elda Leal, Public 

This colorful float was sponsored by Local 241 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Ready to join 
the parade were, from left. Union President John Weatherspoon; Secretary-Treasurer Charles Hail, 
Frank Koziel, executive board member, North Park garage, and Leonard Morris, executive board 
member, 69th Street garage. On the float (seated) are Electra de Alba and Maria Hernandez, bus 
operators from North Avenue garage. Playing the guitar, right, is Francisco Flores, bus operator. 
Archer Avenue garage, and an unidentified employee in the background. 

Children and supervisors from the Home of the Child, a day care center 
in the Pilsen area, enjoy the novelty of the CTA "Mini bus." Ms. 
Electra de Alba, left, bus operator assigned to North Avenue garage, 
greets them. 

The "Mini bus" was a big hit with everyone. The man at right, portray- 
ing Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec ruler of Mexico and defender of the 
Aztec Capitol Tenochitlan, now Mexico City, stands by in regalia ready 
to check out the little bus. Local 241 float and articulated bus followed 
the "Mini bus" in the parade. 

OCTOBER, 1980 

CTA revisits 
Santa's Village 

Nearly 1,000 persons partici- 
pated in the second annual "Old 
Fashion Family Day" picnic at 
Santa's Village in Dundee on 
September 14. 

The outing was sponsored by 
the CTA Group Travel Program 
for employees, retirees and mem- 
bers of their families, "Eveiything 
went off as planned," said Mrs, 
Harriett Murphy, special projects 
coordinator in the department of 
Hximan Resources. "There was 
plenty of tasty food, excellent 
prizes, and everybody had a good 

Harold Burda, who retired from 
service in the CTA Property Ac- 
counting section in 1974, agreed 
that the picnic was very success- 
ful. "We could have had many 
more people out, especially sen- 
ior citizens," said Burda. 

"It was a great picnic because 
it was well planned," said Burda, 
who promised he would return for 
future outings. 

The numerous amusement park 
rides were a big hit with the chil- 
dren as well as the artistic touch 
of Christine Sterner, a makeup 

The lines were long at check-In time. 

artist from Loyola University 
Theater group, who amused yoimg- 
sters by painting their faces. 

Susan Pudelek, a mime from 
the Loyola University drama de- 
partment, provided entertainment 
throughout the day. Picnic revel- 
ers also witnessed an astounding 
example of guessing when nine- 
year old Maria Benitez estimated 
that a gallon jar on display at the 
park contained 1,079 jelly beans 
when it actually held 1,078 of the 
little pieces of candy. As a re- 

ward she got to keep the candy. 

Mrs. Murphy, picnic coordina- 
tor, was assisted by several 
others who helped to make the oc- 
casion a success. Working in 
various capacities at the picnic 
grounds were Fred King, manager, 
Himian Resources; Carol Hardy 
and Larry Murphy, also of Human 
Resources; George West, Sched- 
ules; Norris Larson, Claims; 
Judith Leavell, Beverly garage; 
Officer Eddie Paschal, Security, 
and Ron Tuck, Job Classification. 

Larry Murphy was very busy at the gate selling raffle tickets. Tom 
Czech, Job Classification, his wife, Susan, and their daughters, Nikki 
and Katy, made this one of their first stops. 

Christine Steiner, makeup artist from Loyola University, applies her 
talent by painting the face of John Paschal while his sister, Kuwana, 
waits her turn. 


Tops in the guessing game was nine-year old Maria Benitez, right, who 
estimated that 1,079 jelly beans were in the big jar, only one more 
than the actual count. Maria is congratulated by mimer Susan Pudeiek 
of Loyola University; Harriett Murphy, project coordinator, and Fred 
King, manager. Human Resources. 

Brenda Sparks and Sharon Maxon dig in at the refreshment table while 
others check out the morsels and wait for a chance to sample them 
as well. 

The picnic meant fun with the grandchildren for Earl Rogers, Forest Glen repair, and 
his wife, Lottie. Enjoying this moment also were Bethany, Robert and Cathleen Hoffert. 

Nothing like old-fashioned ice cream push-ups to keep a trio of little ones busy. Testing 
their taste buds with the yummy goodies are Colleen, Jeffrey and Megan Mroz, the 
children of Gerald Mroz, Internal Auditing. 

India Peel, daughter of Ronald Peel, Operations Plan- 
ning, and "Dino," the trusty Flintstone character, take 
a respite from the action to enjoy a tasty ice cream treat. 

OCTOBER. 1980 

Charles Whitman Jr. (Lawndale 
Garage) is regarded by M. 
Pivonl(a, of Allport Street, as 
"one of the fine bus drivers you 
have on the 18th Street line. He 
goes out of his way to treat 
everybody with consideration -- 
women with children in their 
arms and older people with 
canes, of whom I am one. He 
does not pull away if he sees 
you can't run for the bus, and 
gives you a pleasant smile. My 
thanks to him and you for a 
fine bus driver." 

Ralph Lindquist (Archer Garage) 
was the driver of a #15 Canal/ 
Wacker bus that K. D. Jonynas 
took on the way home to South 
Rockwell Avenue. "It was my 
true pleasure and good fortune 
to board this driver's bus. He 
was pleasant and considerate to 
ail riders, and patiently explained 
any and all queries. I could 
catalog the variety of kindnesses 
extended by this driver. He is 
like a breath of much-needed 
fresh air. His decency and ex- 
cellence as a human being and 
driver can serve as an example 
to all." 

commendation corner 

Gerald Tamborello (North Section) has the respect of 
Jeff Schacht, an industry official who works on Clybourn 
Avenue. "I just wanted to express my satisfaction and 
gratification for the courtesy and efficiency of agent #962 
at the North and Clybourn station. When I pass through 
this station after work, there are three lines of people rushing 
through the turnstiles. Tliis gentleman always smOes and 
says hello, no matter what the problems or conditions. He 
is in a class by himself. Thanks for the hospitality on the 

Royal Woolfolk (Archer Garage) "makes taking public 
transportation a real treat," according to Donetta Home, 
who works in Elmhurst. "It is not often that 1 get into the 
city or ride public transportation. However, while downtown 
on company business, I had the distinct pleasure of boarding 
his #129 bus. I was not sure of which bus to take to get 
back to the North Western station. Fortunately, driver 
#8979 was extremely helpful and courteous. While on his 
bus, I saw that he treated all riders with respect and polite- 
ness. It was a real pleasure to know that there are some 
people serving the public who are still sincere and doing a 
spectacular job." 

James Estes (Forest Glen Garage) was described by Pauline 
Moennich, who works on north Western Avenue, as "the 
wonderful driver I encountered" on a #81 Lawrence bus 
heading east from the Jefferson Park terminal. "It was a 
pleasure on such a hot, humid morning, when everyone was 
crabby, to have a cheerful, pleasant driver calling off every 
stop, telling the passengers to 'Watch your step,' and even 
exchanging a few words with a smile. It's seldom we see 
such a person in this day and age when everyone thinks the 
world owes them a living. He made my day, and I am sure 
many other riders felt the same way." 

Raul Lopez (North Park Garage) was praised by Christina 
Barri, of Lakewood Avenue, for his "thoughtfulness and 
consideration" concerning an injured girl along his #151 
Sheridan bus route. "This child apparently had been hit by 
a car while roller skating. There were no police around, nor 

was there an ambulance in sight. Your driver used his bus 
phone to report the incident. None of the bus passengers 
minded the few seconds he took to see that something was 
done, and I think everyone appreciated his concern. After 
a police car arrived on the scene, we drove on. I thought 
you should know about this young man's actions." 

Arthur Campbell and Robert Smith (Forest Glen Garage) 
were thanked by L. F. Byers, of Lamed Avenue, for their 
courtesy while driving #80 Irving Park buses. "I am slightly 
deaf, and was talking to another rider about transfers when 
driver #9672 (Campbell) offered some information that was 
a great help to all, explaining in detaO what the CTA is doing 
for the seniors. At the same time he did a great job handling 
the bus, contending with drivers cutting in and out, trucks 
double-parking, unloading, etc. Returning home later, 
driver #7334 (Smith) called every stop clearly so that even 
myself, being a little deaf, could hear." 

Lynval Thompson (52nd Street Garage) was appreciated 
by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Downs, of Stony Island Avenue, for 
his conduct while driving a #1 Drexel/Hyde Park bus. "A 
man who was waiting at our bus stop started cursing every- 
body there. As the driver opened the door, the man wanted 
to know where he had been and began cursing him, too. 
The driver asked him in a most courteous manner to stop, 
but he went on and on. When the passenger heard the 
driver's foreign accent, he told him he was a refugee and 
should not say anything, tlireatening to report him to CTA 
and the mayor. The driver acted carefully and cautiously, 
and did not lose his temper during this terrible ordeal. We 
thank him." 

Robert DIuger (North Park Garage) was commended by 
Mr. and Mrs. Bror Johansson, of Clifton Avenue, for his 
courtesy while driving a #22 Clark bus. "This driver waited 
for us to get on the bus instead of driving aliead, as some 
other drivers do. He caUed out the names of the streets and 
was extremely courteous at all times. We told him we had 
a 'verbal carnation' for him, and here it is. We recommend 
him very highly, for he assuredly deserves it." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently were: 

Maria Acevedo, North Section; Christo- 
pher Adams, North Avenue; Robert Adams, 
69th Street; Amparo Alvarez, Bertil An- 
derson, and Albert Armes, all of North 
Park; and Delbert Ashford, Limits. 

Pedro Balderas, Brenda Berry, Carmen 
Betances, and Jesse Bolian, all of North 
Park; Thomas Baloue, Archer; Michael 
Batts, Adonis Berrios, and Everett Brown, 
all of Forest Glen; Vera Beckley, 52nd 
Street; John Brugess, Limits; and James 
Bush, G9th Street. 

Jean Cage and Juanita Clark, both of 
Limits; Ignacio Campos, Noel Castro, 
Michael Collymore, Jackie Coots, and Griz 
Craig, all of North Park; Lindsey Carney, 
Howard/Kimball; Witherspoon Carr, 52nd 
Street; Lawrence Carter, 77th Street; Ty- 
ree Cobb Jr., Forest Glen; and Clarence 
Cubic, North Avenue. 

Albert Dayan, Limits; Electra de Alba, 
North Avenue; and Dante Deza, North Park. 

Dwaine Elliott, Limits; Bruce Ellison, 

North Park; and Wilbert Ellison, North 

Rosetta Flowers, North Section. 

Ronald Gipson, 52nd Street; Albert 
Graham Jr. and Mildred Grover, both of 
69th Street; Odell Granger, Hans-Dieter 
Gruenert, and Peter Guidizi, all of Forest 
Glen; Noble Graves, Limits; and Jeffrey 
Gresser and Terrence Griffin, both of 

Rogers Harmon and Booker Howard, 
both of Lawndale; Larry Harper, North 
Avenue; Walter Harris, North Park; and 
Irving Henderson, Beverly. 

Steve Ingram, Douglas/Congress. 

Earl Jenkins, Beverly; Carole Johnson, 
69th Street; and John Johnson, North Ave- 

Frank Ketter, Limits; and Robert Krem- 
er. North Park. 

Ricardo Leiva and Teresa Lopez, both 
of Forest Glen; and Robert Lucas, Lawn- 

Charles Martin, 52nd Street; Frederick 
Moore, North Park; and Linda Murray, 

77th Street. 

Doris O'Neal, Ashland Terminal; and 
Robert O'Neal, Lawndale. 

Daniel Poelinitz, North Avenue; and 
Victor Priolo, Limits. 

William Rice, 52nd Street; John Rich- 
ardson, North Avenue; Dedric Roberts, 
Ashland Terminal; Jack Robinson, Limits; 
Adilia Rosado, North Park; and John Ross, 
77th Street. 

Angelo Santana, 69th Street; Vera Smith 
and Vytautas Stukelis, both of Archer; An- 
gelo Sturino, Howard/Kimball; Willie Mae 
Surles, 77th Street; and David Swain, 

Jesse Teriy, 77th Street. 

Richard Vaughn and Sergio Villanueva, 
both of North Park, 

Dennis Walker, North Avenue; Johnnie 
Washington, Archer; Vaddie Weekly, 52nd 
Street; Welbom Williams, Forest Glen; 
William Williams, Limits; Maurice Willis 
and Lloyd Winston, both of North Park; and 
Bartholomew Wurtzebach, Howard/Kimball. 

Jacques Yezeguiellan, Forest Glen. 

Edward Zamiar and Joseph Zukerman, 
both of North Park. 


John Schwartz has been appointed su- 
perintendent of the Travel Information 
Center, where he had been acting super- 
intendent since February. Schwartz joined 
the Chicago Surface Lines as an Inside 
mail clerk in 1942. After military ser- 
vice during World War n, he returned to 
work as a timekeeper in Maintenance be- 
fore becoming a record clerk and shop 
clerk. Schwartz was selected analyst. 
Methods and Procedures, in 1962, moving 
up to administrative analyst before being 
chosen coordinator. Office Services, m 
1970. In 1974 he was promoted to super- 
intendent. Office Services, and, in 1978, 
he was named special projects coordinator. 
Management Services. Schwartz lives in 
the downtown lakefront area. 

Walter Keevil is now superintendent. 
Electric Vehicle Design, Engineering. He 
had been supervisor in the same section 
since 1974. Keevil started with CTA in 
1968 as a development engineer. He was 
selected technical services engineer in 
1970, and equipment engineer a year later, 
before being named senior technical ser- 
vices engineer in 1972. Keevil makes his 
home in Evanston. 

Bhuplndar Mallhi has been named su- 
perintendent. Motor Vehicle Design, En- 
gineering, MalUii began his CTA career 
in 1971 as a technical services engineer 
in the Mainten;mce Department, having 
previously served as a major in the Indian 
Army Corps of Engineers. In 1973 he was 
chosen equipment engineer, Engineering, 
and, in 1974, he became supervisor. Motor 
Vehicle Design. He and his wife, Neeta, 
have two sons and live in Downers Grove. 

Cynthia Florence, former imit super- 


John Schwartz Waltei 

visor, Agents, has been selected assistant 
superintendent, Transportation-Personnel, 
Near North Area. In Plant Maintenance, 
David Allen and William Chrishon have 
been promoted from janitor foremen to unit 
supervisors. Rapid Transit Janitors. 

Constance Brabec, former stenographer. 
Security, and Rosemary Brady, former 
material control clerk. Plant Maintenance, 
have been chosen confidential office as- 
sistants. Security. Named to a similar 
position in General Finance is Ana Maria 
DelRivero, formerly unassigned, Human 
Resources-Employment & Placement. 

In Operations Planning, Napoleon Turn- 
er has been promoted from traffic checker 
to traffic clerk, while James Patterson, 
former driver, Archer, has been chosen 
traffic checker. Lucie Bleers, former 
payables and material utility clerk, Finan- 
cial Services, and Steven Schroeder, for- 
mer file clerk. Law, have been selected 
treasury utility clerks. Treasury. In Law/ 

Keevil Bhupindar Mallhi 

Claims, Loma Apple ton has moved from 
utilify clerk I to utility clerk H. 

Carolyn Browne, former typist. Main- 
tenance, has been appointed electronic 
keyboard operator. Management Services. 
Beverly Montgomery, former ticket agent. 
West Section, has become payroll clerk, 
Financial Services. Artemia Martinez, 
formerly an unassigned clerk tjTDlst, Hu- 
man Resources-Employment & Placement, 
is now typist. Insurance & Pensions. 

At Skokie Shop, David Weatherspoon, 
former laborer, has been named unit ex- 
change clerk. New at Skokie Shop as a 
blacksmith/welder apprentice is John 
Laffey Jr., former bus repairer. North 
Park, and, as a laborer, Thomas Newell, 
former boiler maintenance man, Plant 
Maintenimce, Glenn Knerr, former track- 
man, is now a "B" helper In Plant Main- 
ten;mcc. O. G. Scroggins, former driver, 
Beverly, has become shop tractor opera- 
tor. South Shops. 

OCTOBER. 1980 

Sixty billion transfers in sixty-three years 

The 63-year-old press (top photo) as it looked in 1919 when it was two years old, and as it looks 
today (above), has produced more than 60 billion transfers. 









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Pressman Hank Siuba gives press a shot of blue ink as press prints its daily supply of more than 
two million transfers. 

Sixty BILLION transfers. 

That's one heck of a lot of 

Sixty-three years. 

That's one heck of a long time. 

Put the number of transfers to- 
gether with the niunber of years 
and you get the picture of one of 
public transportation's most pro- 
ductive — and endurable machines 
— the CTA's transfer printing 
press in the South Shops. 

Standing alongside the rotary 
web press in the print shop, Ed 
Mesldmen, shop foreman, said the 
printing press has been in the print 
shop longer than anyone — or any- 
thing — currently in the shop. 

"We know from old records the 
press came to the shop, then owned 
by the Chicago Surface Lines, a 
predecessor to the CTA, in 1917, 
just in the middle of World War I. 

"And based on the old records, 
in addition to our present records, 
we have figured this press has 
printed something more than 60 
billion transfers," Me ski men said. 

He has been with the CTA 29 
years, 19 years in the print shop. 

Over the years, the press has 
had many of its worn-out parts re- 
placed. The manufacturer of the 
press went out of business years 
ago, so the CTA fabricates re- 
placement parts to keep the old 
timer hiunming. 

It prints an average of 2,500,000 
to 3,500,000 transfers a day. Its 
yearly output is an average of 628 
million transfers. 

"During World War n, when 
transfers were free, this old press 
used to go three shifts a day. 
Transfers were free until 1961," 
Mesldmen said. 

The old press uses three col- 
ors — black, red, and blue. It can 
use another color, if the CTA 
wants another one. 

"The press prints nine different 
types of transfers used throughout 
the CTA on weekdays, Saturdays, 
and Sundays," he said. 

"The transfers are printed on 
sheets containing 78 individually 
nvunbered and dated transfers. 


These sheets come from 1,000 
pound rolls of transfer paper 
measuring 33 and l/8th inches 
wide. A roll can produce 3,000 
sheets for a total of 1,014,000 

James Gilliland, stitch clerk, 
is in charge of the paper stock 
room that can hold up to 132 rolls. 
Gilliland, who has been in the print 
shop for 29 years, uses a mobile 
carrier to bring the rolls to the 

Hank Siuba, pressman, over- 
sees the operations of the old 
press. Siuba has been in the print 
shop 30 years. His helper is as- 
sistant pressman Vincent Bran- 

Stacks of 100 finished sheets go 
from the press to paper cutter 
John Davis, who cuts and trims the 
transfers into rows and sends them 
to Mrs. Dorothy KalwasinsM, a 
stitcher who has been in the shop 

20 years. 

Mrs. KalwasinsM stitches 100 
correctly nimabered and dated 
transfers in a row, 13 books at a 
time, on her 25-year-old stitching 

She sends the rows of transfers 
to Toby Warmack, a paper cutter 
who cuts the 13 joined books into 
separate books for shipping. 

Warmack sends the books to 
bindery workers Mrs. Mary Ann 
Artis, Robert Sladky, Felix Harper, 
Mrs. Margaret Ellison and Mrs. 
Tillie Moore, bindery worker 
leader and assistant shop fore- 

They pack the transfers in 
boxes and prepare them for truck 
shipment to the CTA's 10 bus 

Three other bindery workers 
prepare \mstitched transfers for 
shipment to nine rapid transit 
terminals. They are Mrs. Wil- 

moth Simpson, Mrs. Margaret 
Zajac, and Mrs. Roberta Lewis. 

The print shop prepares trans- 
fers at least a month in advance. 

The old printing press is kept 
in top running condition by two 
South Shops tool makers, Ron 
Jareckas and Tony Polich of the 
machine shop. In addition to keep- 
ing the old press finely tuned, they 
also maintain and repair the other 
machines in the print shop. 

MesMmen said the print shop 
has a second transfer printing 

"That press — it's only 25 
years old — is used when the old 
timer is periodically torn down 
•for preventative maintenance and 
repair," MesMmen said. 

Asked how long he expects the 
old press to keep going, MesMmen 
shrugged and said, philosophically, 
probably longer than any of us. 

Mrs. Margaret Zajac (left) and Mrs. Wilmoth Simpson, bindery workers, 
prepare unstitched transfers for shipment to rapid transit terminals for 
use by ticket agents and conductors. 

Mrs. Dorothy Kalwasinski, stitcher, cuts stacks into rows of 13 books 
of 100 transfers each. 

Ron Jareckas, machine shop tool maker, repairs stitching machine. 
Jareckas and Tony Polich, also a tool maker, keep all print shop 
machines in running order. 

Toby Warmack, paper cutter, slices stitched and joined books into 
transfer size--5-3/8 inches long, 2-1/4 inches wide. 

OCTOBER, 1980 

ZAP Awards 

For some groups, winning gets to 
be a happy habit. 

Members of the 61st-Racine rail 
veliicle maintenance terminals are 
ecstatic after their fourth consecutive 
Vehicle Maintenance Zero Accident 
Program safety award. Their latest 
award was for the second competi- 
tion period for 1980. 

Other rail division winners for the 
second quarter were Harlem terminal, 
which took its third consecutive 
first place finish, and the vehicle 
overhaul section in Skokie Shop, 
which won its second top safety 
award this year. 

The crews at Howard street-Linden 
avenue terminals were also first place 
winners in the rail vehicle division. 

The automotive vehicle division 
first place winners were 52nd street 
garage, 77th street garage, and the 
Unit Rebuild section at South Shops. 
Forest Glen garage and 98 th Rail 
Vehicle Maintenance terminal took 
second place awards for the compe- 
tition in April. May, and June. 

Sheldon Rita (left), rail foreman, Harlem terminal, receives the first place Vehicle Maintenance 
Zero Accident Program safety award from Larry Monaghan, terminals supervisor. Kevin Rayburg 
of Safety Department, views ceremony. 


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Above: CIcso Williams (left), assistant 
rail foreman, and Frank Steen, car repairer, 
both if 61st-Racine terminals display safety 
awards their group won for the fourth 
consecutive time. 

Top Left: Chuck Kubal (right), day fore- 
man, 52nd Street garage, accepts first 
place safety award and congratulations 
from Don Sturenfeldt, supervisor, south 

Bottom Left: Henry Dickerson (left), rail 
unit supervisor, presents second place 
safety award to Dominic Nicosia (center), 
assistant foreman, and Joe Campbell, car 
repairer, both of 98th rail terminal. 



Harlem terminal rail maintenance employees are joined by Malntenace 
Department's safety section personnel (at right) for photo marking 

employees' first place finish in safety competition for second con- 
secutive quarter. 

Right: Night shift employees at 61st-Racine 
rail terminals who helped win safety award 
are (from left) Sam Stimage, car repairer; 
Jerry Armstrong and Dorthea Brown, car 
servicers; Steve Butler and Ulysee Nelson, 
car repairers, and Oscar Irby, car servicer. 

OCTOBER, 1980 

Charles Nelson, TennisFest doubles champ 

Charles Nelson 

Winners in the second Sun- 
Times TennisFest championship 
matches at Mid-Town courts 
September 14 included CTA bus 
operator Charles Nelson who is 
assigned to Archer garage. 

The 29-year old Nelson and his 
partner, Carl Lugg, garnered the 
first place trophy in the third di- 
vision of the men's doubles as they 
defeated opponents Bob Pomplimi 
and Larry Sayler 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. 

Nelson and his partner each re- 
ceived a one-week vacation for two 
at a tennis resort in Colony Beach, 



Charles Nelson, first place winner in the Chicago Sun-Times second annual TennisFest doubles 
championship matches at Mid-Town courts, demonstrates the form that enabled him and his 
partner, Carl Lugg, to garner the first place trophy. 

Fla. The Nelson- Lugg duo earned 
berths in the championship games 
after winning four matches in the 
locals, three in the regionals, and 
three in Mid-Town. 

As a contender in the men's 
singles, Nelson swept the locals, 
but was defeated in the first round 
of the regional matches. The lo- 
cal matches began August 15. 

Niva Oghigian named lEC president 

Niva Oghigian 

Niva Oghigian, a project leader 
in the CTA Datacenter at the Mer- 
chandise Mart, has been named 
president of the Illinois Engineer- 
ing Coxmcil. She is the first wo- 
man to hold the office in the or- 
ganization's 41-year history. 

The Illinois Engineering Council 
represents 19 principal engineer- 
ing societies in the State. Its pur- 
pose is to influence public opinion, 
legislation, and government ap- 
pointments related to engineering 
matters as well as the engineering 

Ms. Oghigian is a graduate of 
the University of Illinois with 
bachelor and master degrees in 
electrical engineering, and was 

named Outstanding Woman in Il- 
linois in 1975. She joined the 
CTA in November of that year and 
currently is developing a computer 
system to aid in preparing bus 
schedule reports. 

Prior to her recent appoint- 
ment as president of the council, 
Ms. Oghigian was president of the 
Chicago Regional Section of the 
Society of Women Engineers, and 
has been the society's representa- 
tive on the Illinois Engineering 
Council since 1974. 

She also has served for the past 
six years on the executive com- 
mittee and board of directors of the 
University of Illinois Alumni As- 



Sports benefit 
305 youngsters 

by W. B. Wolfan 

Working with 305 youngsters, ages 6-15, in the 
Rosemoor Community baseball league this past sum- 
mer, has been a "rewarding experience" for Ernest 
Sawyer, administrative assistant to CTA Chairman 
Eugene Barnes. 

It was particularly satisfactory, says Sawyer, when 
"our Rosemoor Community All-Star teams won the 
Chicago- Rockford Championships in two divisions 
(Little League for ages 9-12, and the Pony League, 
ages 13-15 years). 

"Our young All-Stars defeated the Rockford All- 
Stars in games played at Ernie Banks Field in Rock- 
ford. The baseball diamond there was named in honor 
of the Cubs' Hall of Famer Banks, a member of the 
CTA Board." 

One of the most important accomplishments of the 
Rosemoor Commvmity baseball program is providing 
a tutoring system in mathematics and reading for the 
boys during the summer. 

Those who participate in school sports and other 
activities such as Boy Scouts and Science Clubs re- 
ceive points and special awards for their efforts. 
This program also extends into church activities and 
has proven a strong incentive for the yotmgsters. 

Also popular are 2-week camping trips during the 

Slimmer on Lake Michigan. During the winter months, 
the Rosemoor Community Organization offices are 
open for special tutoring services. 

Sawyer deems it a real privilege to work with the 
youngsters who were honored at the Rosemoor Com- 
mimity baseball league awards banquet on Sunday, 
Oct. 12, at the "66 Room." 

The important goal of taking part in sports in the 
formative years, according to Sawyer, is the team 
discipline that breeds the necessary Initiative and de- 
sire to acquire a good education. 

He says, "I made education my top priority after 
spending three years in the Army which included a 
tour of duty with the 4th Infantry Division in Viet Nam. 
I returned to Northwestern University to earn my 
degree in urban policy and planning. 

"I am firmly convinced that sports can benefit edu- 
cation if one's priorities are evaluated properly. I try 
to teach the young athlete that an education represents 
insurance for a lifetime in contrast to a career in pro 
sports where the odds are astronomical against making 
the grade— about the same percentage as making it 
big In show business. 

"But competition was wonderful while it lasted for 
me— those four sports in high school and three years 
in the Army provided a beneficial experience for 
teaming to accomplish meaningful goals." 

Sawyer's Little League activities will continue next 
year with the second of a home and home championship 
series against the Rockford teams to be played in 

Bob Schageman 

At an informal reception held in 
Passenger Controls/Graphics sec- 
tion, Operations Planning depart- 
ment, on September 30, Robert C. 
Schageman retired after more than 
43 years of service. 

Schageman began his career as 
a North Section ticket agent on 
January 28, 1937. On February 9, 
1953, he was promoted to distribu- 
tion clerk, Electrical department, 
and served there untilJuly 8,1957, 
when he joined the Engineering de- 
partment as a transit technician. 
He ended his long and faithful ca- 
reer as a transit technician in 
Passenger Controls/Graphics sec- 

Friends and co-workers pre- 
sented Schageman with a cash gift. 
Attending the happy occasion was 
his wife, Mary. 

John O'Connor (left), director. Passenger Controls/Graphics, presents retirement 
Bob Schageman while his wife, Mary, and George producti 

portfolio to 
on, look on. 

OCTOBER, 1980 


Joins retirement roll after 36 years service 

"Most of the fellows I started out 
with have passed on," the big man said 
as he settled comfortably in the chair 
near the desk. 

"Just me and one other fellow on 
this picture left now," he said^handing 
the photograph across the desk and 
pointing to the image of himself 
standing among the 14 uniformed 
Chicago Motor Coach company drivers. 

Obed Leon Bullitt was reminiscing 
about his 36 years as a bus driver which 
he started June 27, 1944, and ended 
October 1, 1980, when he joined the 
long roll of CTA pensioners. His last 
assignment was with Beverly garage. 
He had also worked at both the 77th 
Street and 52nd Street garages. 

"I've driven every kind of bus there 
is," said Bullitt as he recalled his days of 
service on the Grove double deck bus, 
the stick shift, the Green Hornet and 
the Pullman red streetcar. 

Besides the photograph Bullitt's 
mementos included two safety award 
pins which were worn on the uniform 

Obed Leon Bullitt, standing fourth from left, began his career as a driver with this group of Chicago 
Motor Coach drivers who assembled for this portrait in 1944. Bullitt (inset) as he looks today. 

in the early days. They were presented 
to him in his second and third years as 
a driver. He had also kept an old 
Chicago Motor Coach company riding 
pass as well as a copy of the physician's 

certificate of examination which he 
received on the day of his employment. 
A northsider, Bullitt plans to enjoy 
his retirement in Chicago. 

Police commend youth for bravery 

The 16-year old son of 
Human Resources Minority 
Business Enterprise Coordin- 
ator Mario Ochoa has been 
commended by the Chicago 
Pohce department for 

Sergio Ochoa, a senior at 
Lane Tech high school, re- 
ceived a letter from 23rd 
District Commander Emil 
G. Giese in which he was 
praised for diving into Lake 
Michigan and attempting to 
pull a blind man to safety on 
September 1 1 . 

Commander Giese said al- 
though young Ochoa's attempt to save the man was un- 
successful, the youth's willingness to try under dangerous 
circumstances was highly commendable. 

The letter said in part, "...Your concern for a fellow 
citizen and personal involvement in this incident have not 
gone unnoticed, and it is my privilege to thank you on behalf 
of the Chicago Police department for the courage you have 
demonstrated. ..." 

HATA Christmas party 

The Hispanic American Transportation Association is planning 
its fourth annual Christmas party for Saturday, December 6, 
1980, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the 14th floor of the Holiday Inn 
Mart Plaza, 350 North Orleans. 

All CTA employees are invited to join the festivities. Dona- 
tion is $12 per person. The program will include dancing and 
entertainment, as well as door prizes and free hors d'oeuvres. 

Call Jose Flores at 7280035 for ticket information or contact 
Maria Benitez, Felipe Gonzalez, Rudy Mendez, or Elda Leal. 

August 17 was a memorable day for Mr. and Mrs. Sidney E. Duke, as 
they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Duke, who worked 
as an operator out of Forest Glen garage, retired on January 1, 1960, 
after more than 31 years of service. 




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Mr. and Mrs. James Collins Hood 
of Ellisville, Mississippi, celebrated 
their 50th wedding anniversary on 
July 13. The celebration was 
commemorated as the couple re- 
newed their marriage vows in a 
ceremony conducted by the Rev. 
James Twiner of the Mt. Zion 
Methodist church. In a particular- 
ly nostalgic mood, the couple 
drove to the church in a 1930 
Ford, reminiscent of the period 
In which they were wed 50 years 
ago. Hood retired as a West 
Section motorman on April 1, 
1976, after more than 34 years 
of service. 




insr nvnE]3N/fl:oi^i.A.i^ 

of the retired on Octo- 
ber 1, was ROBERT 
had 43 years of service 
with CTA and its pre- 
decessor companies. 

JESSE CROSS, Car Repairer, 

Racine Terminal, Emp. 9-13-50 

Maintenance, Emp. 8-8-47 

Archer, Emp. 7-22-41 

77th Street, Emp. 9-11-51 
ALVm HUBBARD, Foreman, 

52nd Street, Emp. 11-3-49 

98th Shop, Emp. 8-15-41 
WOODROVV OWENS, Bus Servicer, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 2-5-54 

Operations Planning, Emp. 1-28-37 

Forest Glen, Emp. 6-1-73 

Kedzie, Emp. 1-26-56 


OBED BULLITT, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 7-10-44 

77th Street, Emp. 8-13-62 

West Shops, Emp. 2-5-68 

77th Street, Emp. 12-21-72 

North Avenue, Emp. 9-15-60 

Forest Glen, Emp. 3-1-66 
DONALD QUINN, Carpenter, 

West Shops, Emp. 3-17-60 

South Shops, Emp. 4-9-47 

Kedzie, Emp. 3-11-68 


Volume 33 Number 10 

Published for employes and retirees of the CTA, 
by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department. Sill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Borcic, 
Jack Somchin, Jeff Stern. Rick Willis. Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employes. Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

CLARENCE AD.AMS, 00, Instruction, 

Emp. 1-26-53, Died 8-15-80 
ROBERT ANDERSON, 35, Beverly, 

Emp. 6-9-66, Died 8-24-80 
JOHN APPELT, 67, Archer, 

Emp, 8-21-41, Died 8-24-80 
JACOB BODEM, 90, West Section, 

Emp. 1-14-36, Died 8-14-80 

Emp. 11-27-18, Died 8-21-80 
FR.-\NK CnCAS, 90, Beverly, 

Emp. 7-30-43, Died 8-14-80 
ADA CLARK, 85, North Section, 

Emp. 1-7-19, Died 8-28-80 
MARTIN CONWAY, 74, Beverly, 

Emp. 1-8-43, Died 8-19-80 

Emp. 8-23-26, Died 8-7-80 
RUDOLPH DAVIS, 71, 98th Shop, 

Emp. 9-16-41, Died 8-12-80 
CARL FISCHER, 75, South Section, 

Emp. 8-11-48, Died 8-1-80 
ANGELO GOUNDAS, 96, 69th Street, 

Emp. 1-30-29, Died 8-28-80 
DONALD GRAY, 56, North Avenue, 

Emp. 1-10-66, Died 8-22-80 

Emp. 5-2-42, Died 8-16-80 
JOSEPH HUDALE, 66, Campaign Area, 

Emp. 12-16-47, Died 8-18-80 

Emp. 12-30-54, Died 8-4-80 

MARION KIENTZLE, 84, West Section, 

Emp. 2-14-44, Died 7-31-80 
EDWARD KRAMER, 74, North Avenue, 

Emp. 10-20-28, Died 8-20-80 
WALTER LEAVELL, 38, Human Resources, 

Emp. 8-4-77, Died 8-31-80 
ISAAC MOTTEN, 56, 69th Street, 

Emp. 10-15-53, Died 9-5-80 
WILLIAM NEUSON, 85, Howard, 

Emp. 3-20-18, Died 8-4-80 
MICHAEL NILAND, 81, Way & Structs., 

Emp. 7-19-28, Died 8-21-80 
WARREN ODOM, 58, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-18-48, Died 8-22-80 
RICHARD O'GORMAN, 71, Utility, 

Emp. 9-15-41, Died 8-27-80 
EDWARD OLSEN, 80, 69th Street, 

Emp. 12-15-25, Died 8-16-80 
EDWARD PYTLEWICZ, 69, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 11-29-40, Died 8-22-80 
WILLL\M SCHMIDT, 86, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-1-20, Died 7-14-80 
RICHARD STANTON, 67, Rail Supervision, 

Emp. 7-1-42, Died 8-28-80 
DENIS SULLIVAN, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 5-1-43, Died 8-25-80 

Emp. 2-14-39, Died 8-1-80 
LOUIS URBON, 69, North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-6-55, Died 8-14-80 
ISAAC WOODS Sr., 61, South Shops, 

Emp. 1-21-45, Died 8-23-80 

in October 

40 years 

35 years 



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Edward E. Berndt, District B 
Rudolph Chucan, Skokie Shop 
Frank D. Corbett, Schedules 
John F. Gamperl, 69th Street 
Thaddeus M. Lesniak, Skokie Shop 
Charles H. Luepke, North Avenue 
George E. Schultz, Maintenance 

25 years 

Alan R. Downing, Maintenance 
Charles Dunkins, Maintenance 
Anthony Espinosa, North Avenue 
Luther B. Lee, 77th Street 
Worthy B. Mattox, Rail South 
Viola E. Meyer, Payroll 
Charles J. Spears, Ashland/95th 
James A. White, 69th Street 

Robert J. Johnson 

North Park 

John J. Cichorski, Utility 

William C. Dunn 

30 years 

Martin Hennessy, Skokie Shop 
Edward A. O'Brien, North Park 
John G. Pelzman, Beverly 
Jake Reed Jr., Archer 
Thomas F. Spencer, 77th Street 


There is still time for you to have your 
riding card picture taken at the following 

CTA Photographic Department 

Room 7-189 

Merchandise Mart 

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mon. Fri.) 

No ID cards can be sent out unless the 
pensioner has had a new photo taken. 

OCTOBER, 1980 



Bus 8499 returns to service 

Bus 8499, placed in the CTA historical collection in 1974 due 
to its one-of-a-kind status, was returned to revenue service this 
summer on the 32-West S'Vst route. 

It presently serves the 89-Northeastern Illinois University 
route, and is expected to continue indefinitely on similar limited 

The bus was taken out of moth balls in June as more than 
1,000 diesel engines in the CTA fleet were sidelined. Thanks to 
a comprehensive engine overhaul program, however, CTA bus 
availability has nearly returned to normal. 

The design of bus 8499 combined the body of a standard 
40-foot propane bus of both the 8000 and 8200 series along 
with the then newly designed FIxible "New Look" front end 

which includes the larger windows. 

In the early sixties, this "collectors item had a variety of 
experimental propane engines, but has been equipped with a 
standard V6 71 Detroit diesel engine since 1966. 

Although buses powered with liquid propane gas played a 
major role in the movement of CTA passengers for a quarter of 
a century, the demise of CTA's fleet of 1,700 propane buses 
was triggered when manufacturers discontinued producing 
propane engines, and propane fuel became more expensive. 

The first propane buses were delivered to the CTA in 1950 
when propane was considered a surplus fuel and was priced 
considerably less than the then more expensive diesel and gaso- 
line fuels. 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




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JAMES ANDORRA, Carpenter, 

West Shops, Emp. 7-10-46 
TOMMIE BASKIN, Car Repairer, 

61st Street, Emp, 7-3-51 

North Avenue, Emp. 10-6-48 
HARRY FORBES, Collector, 

North Avenue, Emp. 6-30-43 

52nd Street, Emp. 2-19-46 

77th Street, Emp. 8-21-51 

61st Street, Emp. 1-17-49 


HANS FOIT, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 3-25-57 

North Park, Emp. 2-12-51 

North Avenue, Emp. 3-5-53 

in November 

35 years 

Albert E. Brandt, Electrical 
George W. Christensen, Electrical 
Vernon W. Dietrich, Douglas/Congress 
Roy W. Erickson, Howard/Kimball 
John N. Friedman, Maintenance 
Howard R. Josetti, Limits 
Frank J. Kleich Jr., Howard/Kimball 
John S. Kloska, Jefferson Park 
George J. Laica, Internal Auditing 
Herbert Lowenstein, Transportation 
Joseph H. McNamara, South Shops 
Harold C. Sohepler, Forest Glen 
Raymond J. Trezjse, Near South Area 
George F. Wallace, Archer 
Thaddeus S. Wojclak, Archer 

i3sr i^/a:E3vioR,i^^3va: 

CARL CARLSON, 72, Archer, 

Emp. 8-18-37, Died 9-4-80 
EDWIN CELOVSKY, 63, Lawndale, 

Emp. 5-16-46, Died 10-9-80 
GEORGE CLARK, 55, West Section, 

Emp. 1-16-51, Died 9-28-80 
JAMES CORBETT, 77, North Avenue, 

Emp. 2-28-24, Died 9-5-80 
JULIAN CZELESKI, 97, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 9-19-18, Died 8-20-80 
SALVATORE DiTOMOSO, 74, West Sect., 

Emp. 9-14-26, Died 9-20-80 
JAMES FOLEY, 61, South Section, 

Emp. 12-31-47, Died 9-29-80 
PATRICK GILL, 73, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 9-19-44, Died 9-20-80 
HENRY GOETZ, 71, Transportation, 

Emp. 2-4-36, Died 9-6-80 
TED HILDEBRANT, 77, Keeler, 

Emp. 1-14-24, Died 9-7-80 
JOHN JORDAN, 63, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-7-52, Died 10-3-80 
ANDREW KLICH, 70, West Section, 

Emp. 8-24-37, Died 9-7-80 
JOVA KOVAC, 90, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 6-1-25, Died 8-16-80 
VERONICA KREUSCH, 83, North Sect., 

Emp. 4-12-37, Died 7-25-80 
EDWARD KURTZ, 75, Transportation, 

Emp. 9-21-26, Died 9-1-80 
JACK LAUBINGER, 56, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-28-48, Died 9-24-80 

THOMAS LONERGAN, 89, Lawndale, 

Emp. 8-16-16, Died 9-6-80 
ALFRED LUNDQUIST, 87, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-27-10, Died 9-24-80 
JOHN MADDEN, 86, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 1-12-12, Died 9-11-80 

Emp. 3-3-36, Died 9-25-80 
ROBERT McKENDRY, 92, North Section, 

Emp. 12-30-11, Died 9-25-80 
JAMES McMAHON, 87, 69th Street, 

Emp. 9-4-26, Died 9-28-80 
EDWARD MELANT, 70, Archer, 

Emp. 9-20-45, Died 9-12-80 
ARTHUR MUELLER, 79, Accounting, 

Emp. 4-26-20, Died 9-18-80 
EMMET NOLAN, 79, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 8-30-21, Died 9-11-80 
PETE PETERSON, 68, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-22-41, Died 9-20-80 
GEORGE PIERSON, 79, North Park, 

Emp. 6-16-24, Died 9-24-80 
ERVIN REINKE, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-16-26, Died 9-4-80 
CARL SCHEUERMANN, 72, South Sect., 

Emp. 7-1-42, Died 9-26-80 
HERMAN SMITH, 62, Engineering, 

Emp. 9-20-46, Died 9-10-80 
NAPOLEON SMITH, 76, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-30-43, Died 9-1-80 
THOMAS HURLEY, 60, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-16-48, Died 9-20-80 

Emp. 8-13-41, Died 9-15-80 

30 years 

Anello Digianfillippo, Skokie Shops 

Gary Elliott, South Shops 

Charles Gage, Utility 

Joan Georgeson, Personnel 

Homer Harris, Schedules 

Eugene F. Jankowski, Skokie Shops 

Bartholomew McGrath, Ashland/95th 

Charlie L. Moore, Douglas/Congress 

Arthur R. Paige, Archer 

Asher R. Reid, West Section 

Ervin G. Schultz, North Park 

Owen White, 69th Street 

John B. Wojnicki, Archer 

25 years 

Harold G. Sober, Forest Glen 
Sidney Edward Jr., Utility 
Thomas E. McCue, Claims 

CORRECTION: September anniversaries 


Frank J. Fehlh, Electrical 

Should read: 

John F. Fehlhaber, Electrical 

Preparing to tee off at Hickory Hill Country 
Club were (left to right) Pensioners Carl Gibes, 
Tom Stiglic and Ray Pryor. We're sorry to 
report that shortly after this picture was taken, 
Pryor passed away. 


Volume 33 

Published for employes and retirees of the 
by the External Affairs Division, Joby H Ben 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by th 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Tr; 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Bo 
Jack Sowchrn, Jeff Stern, Rick Willis. Prodi 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employes. Annual subscription price to 
others. 32. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago. 
Illmois 60654. 



additional eta calendars 
available at $2 each 

The CTA is making its 1 98 1 historical 
calendars available without charge to 
CTA employes and retirees as the 
November issue of Transit News. In 
addition, calendars will be distributed 
to CTA offices, garages and other work 

Because of the interest in the histori- 

cal calendars, the CTA also is making a 
limited supply available for sale at $2 
each (including mailing costs). For ad- 
ditional copies, make checks payable to 
the Chicago Transit Authority , and send 
to CTA Calendar, P. O. Box 3555, 
Chicago, IL 60654. 

Published by the Public Affairs Department 
and the Administrative Services Unit 
of the Chicago Transit Authority 
P.O. Box 3555 
Chicago, I L 60654 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO. 8021 

EVANS TON, IL 60201 




A beautifully graphic and brightly colored salute to 
Chicago and customizing is attracting a lot of attention 
on the #149 Stateliner route. 

The CTA "Custom Bus" was unveiled by Mayor 
Jane M. Byrne and CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes 
at Daley Center Plaza on November 13. Famous car 
customizer Harry Willett designed the bus as a pro- 
motional vehicle and exhibit for the International 
World of Wheels Custom Car Show held at McCormick 
Place from November 21 through 23. 

The Custom Bus will operate in regular service, 
and will be used by CTA at the American Public 
Transit Association Show (APTA), scheduled to meet 
in Chicago during the fall of 1981. « 

At the unveiling of the CTA Custom Bus on Daley Center Plaza, CTA 
Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (left) and Mayor Jane M. Byrne, congratu- 
late customizer Harry Willett for the eye-catching paint job that he 
applied to a CTA bus. 





' I just knew 
it had to 
be done ' 

A 38-year old bus operator with 
training In rescue procedures was 
the hero in a near-dro\vTiing inci- 
dent in the Chicago River, Novem- 
ber 4, after a woman jumped from 
the Wells Street bridge. 

Willie Lawler, a 13-year CTA 
veteran, was driving his #1 Hyde 
Park bus west on Wacker en route 
to the North Western station about 
7:30 a.m. when he saw a large 
crowd of people at the bridge along 
Wells Street. He stopped to in- 
vestigate and saw the woman in the 

He immediately removed his 
shoes, sweater and tie, ran to the 
lower level, and jumped into the 
water in an aaempt to rescue the 
woman, who said that she did not 
want any help. 

"I talked to her so she would 
calm down," said Lawler. Finally, 
a policeman also jixmped in to as- 
sist in the rescue effort and they 
both talked to the woman. "When 
the fire boat got close enough, we 
grabbed her and pushed her 
aboard," Lawler said. 

Asked what thoughts were going through his mind 
when he saw the woman in the water, Lawler said, "I 
didn't think about it. I just knew it had to be done, so 
I did it." 

The quiet, unassuming Lawler said he was trained 
as a life guard in his native Alabama when he was a 

Lawler was commended for his heroic act by 
Chairman Barnes and the CTA Board at their regular 
monthly meeting on November 5. 

CTA bus driver Willie Lawler (left foreground in top photo) helps the 
woman board a fireboat in the Chicago river near Wells street, ending 
an heroic rescue effort. The next day Chairman Barnes commends 
Lawler at the CTA Board meeting. 

© Chicago Sun-Times, 19S0/R.B. Leffingwell. 


Naomi Tillman 
appointed manager of 
Consumer Services 

Naomi L. Tillman has been appointed 
manager of the CTA Consumer Services 
Department by Chairman Eugene M. Barnes. 

In announcing her appointment, Barnes 
said, "Bringing Mrs. Tillman to the CTA 
emphasizes our goal for the CTA to be 
more responsive to the needs and sugges- 
tions of our riders." 

Mrs. Tillman, who has an extensive 
background in social work, was Director 
of the Office of State Guardian of the Illi- 
nois Guardianship and Advocacy Commis- 
sion prior to joining the CTA. 

Mrs. Tillman, as manager of the Con- 
sumer Services Department, will report to 
Ms. Joby H. Berman, manager of the Ex- 
ternal Affairs Division, which was created 
earlier this year by Chairman Barnes. She 
will direct the Commxmify Relations sec- 
tion dealing with neighborhood and group 
services and the riding needs of senior 
citizens, the handicapped , and students; and 
she also will direct the Customer Rela- 
tions section which encompasses customer 
assistance, complaints, and commenda- 
tions, monthly pass sales, charter sales, 
and the travel information center. 

Prior to working for the state, Mrs. 
Tillman served as Associate Director for 
Government Affairs of the United Way of 
Metropolitan Chicago from 1977 to 1979. 

From 1972 to 1977, with the Council for 
Community Services in Metropolitan Chi- 
cago, she was Director of the Public Af- 
fairs Department and Assistant Director 
for Services for the Impaired Aged Pro- 

Mrs. Tillman has done extensive work 
in the social work field with Jane Addams 
Graduate School of Social Work at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois; the Welfare Council of 
Metropolitan Chicago; School of Social 
Service Administration at the University 
of Chicago, and the Association for Fam- 
ily Living. 

Mrs. Tillman, who lives in the Hyde 
Park commimity, earned her Bachelor of 
Arts degree in social work at Hunter Col- 
lege, N.Y., and a Master of Social Work 
degree at the University of Illinois. 

Marjorie Holmes 
named director of 
Human Relations 

Ms. Marjorie M. Holmes, a near north 
side resident, has been promoted to Direc- 
tor of Human Relations in the Human Re- 
sources Department. Ms. Holmes pre- 
viously was a supervisor in the department. 

As supervisor, she helped design the 
CTA's Affirmative Action Program to en- 
sure that minorities have their share in 
the CTA's employment and business op- 

Ms. Holmes is secretary and board 
member of the Chicago Area Association 
for Affirmative Action and Compliance. 

Ms. Holmes and her daughter, Ljmdel, 
are members of the Shiloh Missionary 
Baptist Church, 4840 S. Dorchester av. 
She is superintendent of the church's Sun- 
day school program, serves as organist, 
and is an announcer on the church's radio 
program on station WXFM. 

She earned her Bachelor and Master's 
degrees in Business Administration at 
Roosevelt University where she teaches 
evening classes In business administration. 

Ms. Holmes joined the CTA in 1970 as 
a clerk-typist. In 1974 she joined the Hu- 
man Resources Department and served as 
a human relations specialist. 

Prior to joining the CTA, Ms. Holmes 
served as secretary to syndicated news- 
paper columnist Ann Landers. 

CTA cooperated with the 
Chicago Crime Commis- 
sion by posting "Ignoring 
crime is criminal" car 
cards in trains and buses 
in observance of Chicago- 
land Law Enforcement 
Week, Nov. 8-15. Placing 
the first cards in a CTA 
bus were (left to right): 
Eugene M. Barnes, CTA 
Chairman; Philip Wayne 
Hummer, President, Chi- 
cago Crime Commission, 
Raleigh Mathis, Manager 
of Security, CTA, and 
Gail Melick, 1980 Chair- 
man of Chicagoland Law 
Enforcement Week and 
Executive Vice President 
of Continental Illinois 
National Bank. 

Jack Sowchin 
named director of 

Jack Sowchin, graphics specialist in the 
CTA's Public Affairs Department, hasbeen 
promoted to Director of Publications. 

Sowchin' s appointment was announced by 
Ms. Joby H. Berman, Manager, External 
Affairs Division. 

Sowchin joined the CTA in 1974 as a 
graphics specialist, designing publications 
issued by the Public Affairs Department. 
These publications included CTA's route 
map; Transit News; a calendar featuring 
historic transit photos; Culture Bus bro- 
chures, and special event leaflets. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree 
in visual design in 1970 from the Illinois 
Institute of Technology. 

From 1970 to 1972 Sowchin managed 
various sections of a precision photo- 
graphic reconnaissance laboratory while a 
member of the U.S. Air Force, and from 
1972 to 1973 he worked in a design office 
in Denver, Colorado. 

He lives on Chicago's far northwest side 
near O'Hare International Airport, holds a 
commercial pilot's license, and is a mem- 
ber of the Art Directors Club of Chicago 
and the Mid-States Industrial Photographers 


From scrap to 
artistic treasure 

One man's trash can become another 
man's treasure - - with some artistic 

Tony Gasparovich, 69-year-old CTA 
retiree, is a sculptor in scrap metals, 
and anything else that catches his 

Working with his trusty soldering 
gun on his kitchen table, Gasparovich 
converts junk into all sorts of "coDec- 
tibles" figures for adorning tables, 
mantels, and walls. 

"It all began in 1964 when our 
daughter, Antoinette brought back 
hand made metal figures from Mexico 
and proudly showed them to my 
wife. Ann. and myself," Gasparovich 
said in his Downers Grove home. 

"I thought to myself it would be 
easy to make dupUcates of those 
figures. At the time I was an elec- 
trician at the CTA and had my own 
tools at home," he said. 

So he sat down at his kitchen table 
with a box of scrap metal and his 
trusty soldering gun and sure enough, 
it was easy to do. 

He's been making all sorts of soldered 
figures ever since. 

Gasparovich retired from the South 
Shops in 1973. But the word "retired" 
doesn't fit Gasparovich. 

"Like I said, I started this as a hobby 
in 1964. Friends and acquaintances 
began buying some of the figures I 
made on my kitchen table. 

"Finally, my wife interested me in 
entering a local art show. My welded 
figures, mostly comical types, were 
extremely popular. 

"From 1964 I was working two jobs, 
so to speak. One was at the CTA's 
South Shops, and the other, after work, 
was at my kitchen table with my 
soldering gun, metal cutters, soldering 
wire, and paints for finishes. 

"So when I retired from the CTA in 
1973, I retired to my second job. I've 
shown my works in a number of art 
shows, mostly in the southside, south 
suburban, and west suburban areas." 

Gasparovich has made hundreds of 
various figures. 

"The buyers seem to like the comical 
ones best, although I've done a number 
of serious works which have attracted a 
lot of attention," he said. 

How long does he plan to work at 
his art? 

"As long as my eyes and my hands 
will let me," Gasparovich said. 

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Clockwise, from top left: • Street scene 
reminiscent of an outdoor cafe that 
Gasparovich visited while on vacation in 
Yugoslavia; 48-inches long, 18-inches high. 
It weighs 12 pounds and took three months 
to create. • Tony Gasparovich creates a 
figure from soldering wire with his trusty 
soldering gun at his kitchen table. • Two 
men of war windjammers were made from a 
couple of 2 X 4's, wooden dowels, string 
and paints. Smaller ship is 19-inches long, 
17-inches high; larger vessel is 33-inches 
long and 24-inches high, and took two months 
to complete. • "Bronco Buster" is fashioned 
from soldering wire and Tony's talent for 
creating motion in metal. • "Mexican 
Musicians" lamp base was inspired by the 
first figures Tony created. • "This Won't 
Hurt - • Much" is a comic scene created 
after a visit to his dentist's office. • "High 
Wheeler and Not-So-High-Wheeler" catches 
the attention of many art fair visitors. 
• "Flower Girl Reading a Book" was fashion- 
ed from tin scraps, soldering wire and Tony's 
lively imagination. • "Persistent Nurse- 
Resistant Patient" depicts humorous hospital 
scene. • Delicate "Butterflies on Daisies" 
demonstrates Tony's ability to copy nature 
in metal and paints. 


Eduardo Alvarez (Forest Glen 
Garage) impressed William Kap- 
linski, of Plainfield avenue, with 
his handling of passengers on a 
«152 Addison bus. "All school 
children were asked to show 
their CTA passes. There were 
gripes, but I believe this is more 
than proper, since others riding 
at reduced fares must display a 
card. At Central, some children 
tried to enter the rear door. The 
driver noticed this and asked 
them to get off the bus or bring 
him their transfers. I believe 
more drivers should take this 
same attitude. After all, they 
are in charge of the situation. 
Also, the passengers must under- 
stand they are in a public vehicle 
and must abide by the rules." 

Vaddie Weekly (52nd Street 
Garage) was the driver of a *6 
Jeffery Express bus that Frances 
Bentley took from the Loop to 
her home on South Hyde Park 
boulevard. "I would like to 
comment on her courtesy, 
thoughtfulness, and excellent 
drivingskills. This driver watched 
for the people who asked that 
a stop be called, and even turned 
to see that they alighted at the 
right stop. When several elderly 
people got on along State Street, 
she turned and requested people 
using the side seats to give the 
older people their seats. She 
came right to the curb for every 
stop, had something pleasant to 
say to everyone, and made the 
ride more comfortable than it 
might otherwise have been." 

commendation corner 

Eddie Burton (North Park Garage) was appreciated by 
Berenice Bradley, of East 101st street, for his handling of a 
#146 Marine/Michigan Express that was rerouted because of 
a parade in the Loop. "I didn't know where we were actually 
headed and asked many questions. The driver acted neither 
annoyed nor impatient. I later heard him answer any number 
of questions from other confused riders in the same patient, 
courteous and kind manner. When we were waiting to turn 
into Michigan from Lake street, a group of people ran up to 
the bus door. He pointed to the stop on Michigan and 
then waited for them after he made the turn." 

Alma Williams (Lawndale Garage) was complimented by 
Mrs. Ann Jones, of South Homan avenue, who was a rider 
on her #82 Kimball/Homan bus. "She is a very polite and 
pleasant person to ride with. She always smiles and says 
'Good morning,' and she waits while elderly passengers board 
and get off the bus. Also, she helps them with their packages. 
Her manner of responding to passengers' inquiries was 
superior and in a pleasant tone of voice. She gives good 
directions, and I sincerely think she deserves a commen- 

Willie James (North Park Garage) earned the attention of 
Mary Lou Emmerick, of Downers Grove, who only recently 
began working downtown. "He drives the #151 Sheridan 
bus from Union Station. This gentleman is a real pleasure to 
ride with. He never fails to caution persons boarding the bus 
to watch their step. He always calls out the streets, and is 
one of the friendliest people I've met downtown. He even 
thanks people for riding. He is a real asset to your company, 
and I wanted you to know how much I and other riders 
appreciate his thoughtfulness." 

Eugene White f52nd Street Garage) was singled out by 
Elizabeth Burford, of Blackstone avenue, for his performance 
on a #1 Drexel/Hyde Park bus. "Not only was he compe- 
tent, driving with evident care and control at the many cor- 

ners on that run, but he also answered a number of questions 
from passengers pleasantly. The high point was when he 
helped a blind woman loaded with packages off the bus and 
safely to the sidewalk. Wlien we left the bus, he wished us 
a 'Good day' with a smile. Such a driver can really be a fine 
P.R. man for the CTA. He helped me keep my faith in the 
essential goodness of mankind--a real morale-raiser." 

Denise Cherry (Limits Garage) was admired by Virginia 
Reed, of North Lake Shore drive, for her manner of driving 
#36 Broadway and other buses. "It has been my pleasure 
to ride with her several times, and she has never failed to be 
courteous, kind, thoughtful and pleasant. Aside from all of 
that, she is an excellent driver. Never have I seen her slam 
on the brakes and toss passengers quickly to the back. There 
are a lot of old ladies and gentlemen who are grateful for this 
common courtesy." 

Dianna Owens (North Park Garage) was thanked by 
Minnie Jakoves, of North Sheridan Road, for upholding 
senior citizen seating priorities on her #22 Clark bus. "I 
am a semi-crippled senior citizen, and was sitting near the 
door. All the seats around me were occupied by young 
people. The bus was loaded when an old lady with a broken 
wrist and cane and two bags got on. No one would give her 
a seat. I was ready to give her mine when this angel of a 
lady driver turned and asked the young man next to me to 
give up his seat because he was in the senior section. He 
got up and the old lady sat down." 

Clarence Speights (North Avenue Garage) has the respect 
of Mrs. C. H. Williams, of Gladys avenue, "for doing an 
outstanding job" as the driver of a #126 Jackson bus. "He 
consistently keeps a timely schedule, which enables me to 
connect with other buses. I ride with him five days a week, 
and 1 am always on time when he is the driver. Mr. Speights 
does a wonderful job and should be rewarded for his cour- 
teous behavior and consideration for the working woman." 


Walter Kenerson (77th Street 
Garage) is "a beautiful person" 
in the eyes of Josephine Mc- 
Millan, of Indiana avenue. "I 
have been riding on his (#3 
King Drive) bus for almost 
three years now, and I have 
always found him to be very 
courteous, cheerful, and helpful 
to the passengers. On one oc- 
casion, an elderly lady boarded 
the bus carrying what seemed to 
be a very heavy shopping bag. 
He stopped the bus to assist her. 
I marveled at the compassion 
and concern shown by this fine 
gentleman. I think he should 
receive recognition for his out- 
standing talent in dealing with 
the public, along with his love 
and concern for humanity." 

Darrell Lee (North Section), 
conductor on a Douglas-Milwau- 
kee train, was called "an asset 
to our city and the CTA system" 
by Mrs. L. C. Weeks, of North 
Neva avenue. "His type can give 
strangers to our city as well 
as natives a very favorable im- 
pression. He is personable, 
clear-speaking, and very courte- 
ous. He greeted passengers (at 
Jefferson Park) with a "Welcome 
aboard the Douglas-Milwaukee 
'B' train. The next stop is Irving 
Park. No smoking or radio play- 
ing while aboard.' He said this 
not in a commanding voice or 
snide manner. One knew these 
things were not permissible. At 
each station he announced the 
cross-connections to clarify any 
doublts or confusion a rider 
might have." 


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James Larry (52nd Street Garage) was regarded as "the 
most courteous, pleasant person I have ever had the pleasure 
to ride with" by Mrs. D. J. Foley, of Indiana avenue. "Every 
passenger who boarded his (#38 Indiana) bus was greeted 
with a warm 'Good morning,' and he wished each who de- 
parted a 'Good day.' He was not only a gentleman, but 
was also a very safe and good driver. He is an excellent 
representative of CTA. I'm sure a lot of other riders feel 
the same as I do about him." 

John Cameron (South Section) was called "a conductor 
who goes the 'extra mile' in doing his job" by Mrs. Myma 
Williams, of Paxton avenue. "It is a pleasure to ride on the 
(Lake/Dan Ryan) train with him. He calls out all the stops 
in a clear manner, and also in a very efficient way he lets us 
know of the connecting lines to transfer to for the different 
points of interest. I also like the way he goes about making 
sure that the passengers are out of the way of the doors 
opening and closing. His manner of handling his job is very 

James Fitzgerald (Limits Garage) was praised for his 
"courtesy, skilled driving, and efficiency" on a #145 Wilson/ 
Michigan Express bus by Marvyn Womack, who works on 
North Sheridan Road. "Because I recently arrived in Chicago 
from Kentucky and am not yet familiar with the 'big city,' 
it was most helpful to be able to hear distinctly the names of 
streets, which this driver called out loud and clear. As a 
victim of recent foot surgery, I likewise appreciated his 
smooth handling of his bus during evening rush-hour traffic. 
His pleasant 'Have a nice evening' as I got off his vehicle was 
yet another reason I decided to write." 

Rex Runnels (West Section) was noticed by James Sheri- 
dan, who has offices on South LaSalle street, for the way he 
handled his duties as conductor of a Douglas-Milwaukee 
train. "Today I was delighted to hear someone fluently 
call out each stop of our 'B' train. He not only announced 

the stops, but also every possible transfer and train change. 
He was neatly dressed, extremely courteous, and made my 
ride and that of my fellow passengers delightful." 

VirgO Dean (Limits Garage) won the approval of Catherine 
Curren, of Lake Bluff, for his efforts to help a sick rider on 
liis #151 Sheridan bus. "At about Lake Street an elderly 
man across from us was seized with what appeared to be a 
heart attack or stroke. The driver responded promptly and 
efficiently, calling in for help and curbing the bus, and 
then trying to help the man. He maintained his calm, and, 
above all, he was kind. He stayed with the man until the 
Fire Department paramedics arrived, and then got out of 
the way. Please tell the driver he is appreciated." 

Luis Rizo (North Avenue Garage) was commended by 
Mrs. Frances Maciaszek, of North Latrobe avenue, for his 
courtesy while driving a #65 Grand bus. "A nicer person 
I've never met. He is never in a hurry to beat the lights, 
and waits until everyone is safely aboard his bus. When he 
stops to pick you up, he comes clear up to the curb, which 
makes it easier for us older people to get aboard. I can't 
say enough about this polite man, but I hope you can give 
him a pat on the back, which he so richly deserves." 

Gordon Woods (Lawndale Garage) was the driver of a 
#58 Ogden/Randolph bus that Frederick Bartlett, of Stony 
Island avenue, rode twice in two days. "He very courteously 
answered my questions and helped me a lot by doing so. 
Unknowingly. I dropped my eyeglasses on the bus. When I 
discovered my loss, I telephoned CTA to try to get my 
glasses back. The next morning, by sheer chance, I got on 
another #58 bus with the same driver. He took a long look 
at me and asked if I'd lost some glasses. He said he'd found 
them and turned them in to his garage. I just wanted you to 
know how much I appreciated his courtesy, kindness, and 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Among other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently were: 

Rosa Alfaro, Forest Glen; and Curtis 
Anderson, North Park. 

Esau Bailey and Andrew Butler, both of 
77th Street; Jaime Benavides, North Park; 
Nikola Blagojevic and Stephan Butler, both 
of Limits; Booker Bolton, Amie Brown, 
and Jose Burgos, all of North Avenue; Rob- 
ert Braxton Jr., Alphonso Brooks, and 
Bobbie Brown, all of Lawndale; and Julia 
Brousek, West Section. 

Jean Cage and Jose Canales, both of 
Limits; Bennie Caridine, North Avenue; 
Leroy Carr and Tomas Citron, both of 
North Park; Delois Carter, Forest Glen; 
Willie Cochran, Dewitt Coleman, and Law- 
rence Craig, all of Archer; and Clyde Cole- 
man, Jefferson Park. 

Jose Davila and Electra DeAlba, both of 
North Avenue; Phillip Davila, Javier DeLa- 
Rosa, Robert Devitt, and Wilfred Dupree, 
all of North Park; Roberto Diaz and La- 
chester Drain, both of Limits; Herman 
Duffin, Forest Glen; and Odell Duffin, 77th 

Patricia Edwards, 77th Street; and 
Bruce Ellison and Raphael Emery, both of 
North Park. 

Frank Findlay and William Franklin, 
both of District A. 

Albert Gamer, Jesus Gonzalez Jr., and 
Leonardo Gutierrez, all of North Park; and 
Tyrone Garrett, Archer. 

Maurice Hanna, Limits; William Har- 
ris Jr., 77th Street; Henry Hinkle, 69th 
Street; and Mark Hislop and Ronald Hop- 
kins, both of North Park. 

Hayvvood Jackson, North Avenue; Wil- 
liam Jackson, Lawndale; Lawrence Jarecki, 
Forest Glen; John Jimenez, North Park; 
Allen Johnson, Howard/Kimball; Ducloux 
Johnson, 52nd Street; and Eddie Johnson, 
77th Street. 

Karie Kareem and Joseph Kmiec, both 
of North Park. 

Fred Labem and Melvin Little Jr., both 
of North Avenue; Ricardo Leiva and John 
Lovasz, both of Forest Glen; and John Le- 
mond. North Park. 

Terry Mancini and Mario Merendon, 
both of Forest Glen; Adolph Marth, Victor 
Medunycia, Stan Mihajlovic, Marshall Mil- 
ler, Edgar Mollinedo, and Frederick 
Moore, all of North Park; Gustavo Meza 
and Faye Murry, both of Limits; Kenneth 
Mlxon, 77th Street; and Robert Mumbower, 
North Avenue. 

Robert Nelson, North Avenue. 

Delbert Oliver, 69th Street. 

Charlie Parham and Effie Porter, both 
of 52nd Street; Robert Patterson, Forest 

Glen; John Pendleton, Beverly; Arney 
Phillips, Douglas/Congress; and Larry 
Polk, Archer. 

Billy Ragsdale, 52nd Street; Emelio 
Ramos, Rene Rivera, Curtis Rogers, and 
Jose Roman, all of North Park; Annie Rice, 
Oliver Robertson, and Jack Robinson, all 
of Limits; and George Rivera, Forest Glen, 

Eddie Sanders, 52nd Street; Adalino 
Santiago and Willie Stewart, both of North 
Avenue; Irene Scroggins, Beverly; Larry 
Shelton, Pablo Silva, and David Swain, all 
of Limits ; Dorothy Smith and Joseph Smoot, 
both of North Park; Ronald Stefinsky, Ar- 
cher; and Mitchell Szalwa, Forest Glen. 

Frances Thomas and Eddie Traylor m, 
both of North Park; Willie Thomas, Archer; 
Horst Tietz, Forest Glen; Thaddeus Tuck- 
er, Limits; and John Turner, 69th Street. 

Francisco Valle and Juris Vitands, both 
of North Avenue; and Johnny Van, North 

James Walls, James White and Phillip 
Wood, 69th Street; Leroy Ward, Peter 
Willemsen, and Felicia Woods, all of North 
Park; Wayne Wardlow and Alfred Williams, 
both of North Avenue; and George Weiland, 

Charles Young, Forest Park. 

Joseph Zukerman, North Park. 


Edward Levan- 
dowski, fare box co- 
ordinator, Treasury, 
since 1975, has been 
appointed superin- 
tendent. Central 
Counting. Levan- 
dowski joined CTA 
in 1950 as a motor- 
man at North Avenue, 
becoming a bus 
driver shortly there- 
after. He was named 
supervisor. District Levandowski 
C, In 1959, and traffic supervisor a year 
later. He also served as a bus instructor, 
and was assigned to the Training Center in 
1964. Levandowski and his wife, Margaret 
Jean, have two sons and four grandchildren, 
and make their home in Franklin Park. 
One of their sons, Edward Jr., is a garage 
instructor at Lawndale. 

In other jobreassignments, four former 
unit supervisors, Agents, have been named 
assistant superintendents. Agent Sviper- 
visors. They are Jacqueline Borcic, Shir- 
ley McClure, Delia Richards, and Jimmie 

New as management/professional in- 
terns. Transportation, are former bus 
service supervisors Robert Bravi (District 
B) and Samuel Smith Jr. (District D), and 
Thomas Wilson, former bus instructor, 
North Instruction. 

Promoted to new positions from within 

Financial Sei-vices are Virginia Wendorf, 
former internal auditor, now senior finan- 
cial analyst; Nancy Pranckus, former 
methods and procedures analyst, now ac- 
counting systems analyst; and James Fio- 
rito, former valuation technician, now ac- 
counting specialist. 

Gregory Nagle, former accounting 
specialist, Financial Services, has been 
selected financial analyst. Insurance & 
Pensions; Hosseinali Khalvati, former 
driver. North Park, has become methods 
and standards engineer. South Shops; and, 
in Plant Maintenance, Syed Hussaini has 
been promoted from mechanical engineer 
n to mechanical engineer HI. 

Now serving as training coordinators, 
Human Resources-Training/Development 
Programs, are Juanita Fields, former of- 
fice equipment clerk. Management Services, 
and Colleen Cannon, former reception 
clerk. Materials Management. Carol 
Musto, former job classification clerk. 
Human Resources-Job Classification, has 
been chosen confidential office assistant. 
Labor Relations. 

Roosevelt Graham, former driver, 69th 
Street, has been appointed travel informa- 
tion representative. Travel Information 
Center. Lynn Bretz, former principal 
placement clerk. Human Resources-Em- 
ployment & Placement, has been named 
general clerk, Skokie Shop. 

In Financial Services, Josephine O'Kray 
has moved from payroll relief clerk. Pay- 
roll, to revenue records clerk. Revenue 
Accounting. Brenda Alston, former medi- 
cal technician. Medical, has been selected 

payroll clerk, Financial Services. Emer- 
son Lee, former driver. Archer, has been 
chosen unit exchange clerk. South Shops. 

Three new utility clerks have been as- 
signed to the Law Department: Gloria 
Mosqueda, former stenographer, Financial 
Services; Ellen Koslnski, former sugges- 
tion records clerk. Human Resources-Job 
Classification; and Mary Garcia, former 
typist, Transportation-Howard. JoCarol 
Huston, former agent. West Section, has 
become typist, Financial Services, and 
Hermellnda Morales, formerly unassigned 
clerk-typist. Human Resources-Employ- 
ment & Placement, is now typist. Mainte- 

Ernesto Antonio, former engineering 
assistant, Engineering, has been selected 
testing engineer. Plant Maintenance. Jorge 
Bolanos, former agent. North Section, has 
become electrical worker apprentice. 
South Shops. At Skokie Shop, Michael Fa- 
bian has moved from assembler helper to 
blacksmith/welder apprentice. 

Edward Sayles, former driver. Archer, 
and Dennis Arendt, former bus repairer, 
North Park, have been chosen service 
truck chauffeurs, Transportation-Utility. 
In Plant Maintenance, John Rebacz has been 
promoted from blacksmith/welder to tool 
fire blacksmith. 

Diane Hymon, former driver. Limits, 
has been reassigned to bindery worker. 
South Shops. Scott Stone, carpenter, has 
moved from South Shops to Plant Mainte- 
nance, while Armando Martinez, laborer, 
formerly at South Shops, is now in the same 
position at Skokie Shop. 


Representatives from six transit companies met with CTA management 
to share information on special transportation provisions for elderly 
and handicapped transit riders in their cities. CTA officials at the 
center table hosting this session were, from left: Harold Hirsch, 

manager. Operations Planning; Harold H, Geissenheimer, General 
Operations Manager; William Mansker, secretary, CTA Board, and 
Ernest Sawyer, special assistant to the Chairman. 

Peer group review aids E & H service planning 

Pending federal legislation concern- 
ing the needs of elderly and handi- 
capped riders prompted a meeting of 
CTA management with peers from six 
transit areas in similar operating envir- 
onments who already provide service 
for this special class of riders. 

The two-day October meeting con- 
vened in Chicago, and was funded by 
the Urban Mass Transportation Admin- 
istration. Sharing information on 
transportation programs now underway 
for elderly and disabled citizens were 
representatives from Boston, Cleveland, 
Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. 
Paul, and Pittsburgh. 

Harold H. Geissenheimer, General 
Operations Manager, who chaired the 
peer group review and studied the 
special services of the other systems, 
said, "We invited them to come and 
share their information with us be- 
cause we wanted to benefit from their 
experience in this totally new concept 
of transportation. We did not want 
to re-invent a transportation serivce. 
Thus, we felt that the peer group 
review was an important step in the 
planning process." 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes 
also visited systems in Cleveland and 
Pittsburgh and met personally with 
the peer group to learn of their ex- 
periences. The meeting was coordina- 
ted by Barbara Colwell and Anthony 
Borcic of the Human Resources de- 
partment's Training/Development pro- 
grams section. 

Since that meeting, the CTA, in con- 
junction with the Chicago Area Trans- 
portation Study, has announced a 
proposed alternative compUance plan 
that provides for hft-equipped mini- 
bus service throughout Chicago on a 
demand-response basis. The plan 
includes making 28 rapid transit 
stations accessible with elevators or 
ramps and purchasing full-size buses 
with hfts. 

Chairman Barnes said the proposed 
' Alternative Compliance Plan ' which 
provides more than the law requires. 

will commence in September 1981 
with 20 lift-equipped buses. 

In connection with plans to imple- 
ment this city-wide service, the CTA 
Transportation department has named 
Isaac Beal, assistant superintendent 
at 69th Street garage, to be superinten- 
dent of transportation service for the 
elderly and handicapped. 

Under Beal, the new section will 
provide special accommodations for 
elderly and handicapped riders includ- 
ing door-to-door service. 

Presently, Beal is gathering informa- 
tion on the proposed program through 
seminars and other in-service training, 
and meeting with special interest 
groups for the elderly and handicapped. 

He joined the CTA in 1959 as a 
bus operator and was appointed assis- 
tant superintendent in 1974. His CTA 
career has also included a stint as 
instructor at the Limits Training 
Center, as well as a Central District 

Beal and his wife, the former Maude 

William Wong 

Baker, are the parents of two daugh- 
ters, both students at Lindbloom high 

Another appointee named in connec- 
tion with the Elderly and Handicapped 
Services program is Wilham Wong, 
named bus supervisor. Bus Garages, and 
assigned to coordinate the Maintenance 
department's special services for the 
elderly and handicapped. He is also 
meeting with special interest groups 
on program proposals. 

Wong has held various supervisory 
posts in the Transportation department 
since joining the CTA in 1967 as a bus 
serviceman. His most recent super- 
visory responsibility was a unit super- 
visor, Intern-Automotive. 

He has also observed and instructed 
employees in bus garages and rail 
terminals, and worked as administra- 
tive assistant to the general operations 

Wong and his wife, Pat, are also the 
parents of two daughters. 


Looking for the 
racer's edge 

Art Filip's fondest wish was that 
Mayor Jane Byrne's proposal for a 
July Fourth "Grand Prix" auto race 
down Michigan avenue next summer 
would get the green flag. 

The CTA Jefferson Park yard fore- 
man hoped he would have the oppor- 
tunity to don his helmet and other 
racing garb, strap on his sleek, super 
fast Lola 360 Formula Atlantic road 
racer and bum to the finish line before 
a crowd of Chicago racing fans. 

Although the Mayor recently can- 
celled plans for this summer's race, 
Filip is preparing for an exciting racing 
season. The 20-year CTA veteran plans 
to spend the winter overhauling his 
racer and getting it ready for the June 
Sprints in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 
"We will tear the car down and check 
everything. Even the paint will be 
stripped as we look for tolerances." 

When Filip says "we," he means his 
whole family will become involved in 
the project. "Oh yes," he insisted, 
"its a family thing, that's the only way. 

"My family gets involved in each 
event that I race. We make it an out- 
ing. Often we camp out at the race 
site." His wife Shirley, the team 
manager, works in the pit or at the 
paddock alongside their sons, Jon, 22, 
Douglas, 18, and Nick, 19, who is also 
a racer, and their daughter, Doraine, 
age 13. 

Every step taken by Art and the 
family crew is recorded to give him 
up-to-the-minute data of the car's 
performance, and the subsequent main- 

"We spend a lot of time working 
on the car, trying to improve its time at 
the finish line. You know, its all a 
matter of who can out fox whom," 
he said. "You search, and search, and 
search for the trick that makes you just 
a little faster than the next guy; that's 
where the fun really is." 

His Lola 360 is 1 ,035 pounds of 
aluminum and fiberglas. "We've done 
everything to get the weight down as 
much as possible, including replacing 
the regular battery with a smaller 
garden tractor battery. The only thing 
left now is for me to drop to about 
180 pounds," he said, referring to his 
own body weight. 

Filip's 225 pounds, his driving 
techniques, the engineering of the car, 
the fuel mixture, and the tire pressure, 
all play a role in the amount of time 
it takes him to get to the finish line. 

Unlike most race drivers, Filip is 
not as concerned about winning, at 
least winning big, as he is about finish- 
ing a race. He has zoomed around 
some of America's most famous tracks 
at speeds in excess of 165 miles per 

Jefferson Park yard foreman. Art Filip checks out a train before it leaves the yard with the same 
concern he gives his road racer before he enters a competition. His Lola 360 Formula Atlantic 
road racer, previously owned by racer Paul Kelleher, is shown speeding down the track at the June 
Sprints in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with Filip at the wheel. 

hour with the best of the well known 

racers guys like Mario Andretti, 

Tony Bettenhauser, and Bobby Unser. 

"These guys race all the time while 
I only get to the track about four or 
five times a year, so winning really 
isn't a big thing with me. I'm happy if 
I finish," Filip said. However, his 
co-workers at Jefferson Park are 
anxious for him to win since he has 
promised them a party when it happens. 

"I enjoy the charisma that goes with 
racing," said Filip. "Getting the car 
ready for the big event, and being there 
with other racing people is really what 
it is all about. After all, the race itself 

is over in about an hour," he said. 

FiUp has been driving race cars since 
he was a teenager. First it was stock 
cars. In the late 50's Art Filip com- 
peted at Meadowdale raceway in 
Carpentersville, a track that disap- 
peared when real estate developers 
moved into the area. Later he raced 
at Soldier Field until his enthusiasm 
for stockcars waned and he turned to 
road racing. 

"In all my racing I've never had a 

win came close once, but I didn't 

finish the race," he recalled. "I was 
running second at Elkhart when the 
engine developed some problems and 





that was that. I was out of the race." 

Road racing has to be a safe sport, 
or the Filips wouldn't allow their son, 
Nick, to emulate his father. The 
younger Filip is every bit as enthusi- 
astic about the sport as his father, and, 
under Art's tutelage, he has developed 
into an excellent driver. "He qualified 
his first time on the track, heating out 
a nine-year veteran at Elkhart. He 
shows tremendous potential," Art said 

MUe for mOe, road racing is safer 
than driving on the expressway. A 
racer knows that erratic driving can 
cost him Ms hcense and put him out 
of the sport for good. "So," said Filip, 
"we don't take risks because we enjoy 
racing and we respect each other as 


Although race drivers are observant 
of the rules and respect each other, as 
FUip points out, their machines are 
also built with a number of safety 
factors considered and they are cap- 
able of absorbing a tremendous amount 
of shock. 

Among the safety features included 
is a layer of foam on top of the fuel 
supply to prevent an explosion in case 
of a rear end collision. The clothing 
worn by the driver is designed to resist 
heat or flame for a minimum of 30 
seconds, which gives the 'comer 

workers' those people stationed at 

various intervals along the track - - - 
time to rescue the driver in case of 
a fire. 

As a race driver, Filip says, if you're 
keeping score or making comparisons, 
he figures he's about 13th or some- 
where in the second 10. "I enjoy the 
sport and I'll keep on driving until the 
old reflexes and vision start to go," 
said Filip. "I figure it will be time to 
hang it up then." 

What has he accomphshed on the 
track? Well, says Filip, "Fve driven 
with the best of them and I've finished 
with the best of them, and that's all 
anybody who drives occasionally could 
ask. It makes us equal. 

Left: Nick Filip checks out his racer after it 
was overhauled. 

Right: This is the final moment before the 
race gets underway. Filip says the only thing 
now is to "go fast and hope it lasts." (Photo 
by Marty Grannan) 


Mexican officials tour 
CTA facilities 

On Wednesday, October 29th, CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes, General Operations Manager Harold H. Geissenheimer, 
Operations Planning Manager Harold Hirsch, and other CTA 
employees welcomed a group of Me.xican Legislators and 
Officers of the Federal District Department of Mexico. 

The Mexican visitors were members of a study commis- 
sion, which toured major U.S. cities including Washington, 
New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Their objective was 
to learn about the financing, planning, and methods of opera- 
tion of the public services, and to obtain information regard- 
ing problems and solutions in urban development. 

Tlie group's itinerary, which included a visit to CTA 
facilities, was coordinated by Pat Vidri, Administrative 
Assistant to Mayor Byrne, and the Mexican Consulate in 
Chicago. Distinguished guests included the following Mexi- 
can Congressmen: Joaquin Alvarez Ordonez, Miguel Angel 
Camposeco, Rodolfo Siller Rodriguez and Mrs. Siller Rod- 
riguez, Enrique Haboc Soriano, Francisco Javier Aponte, 
Cuauhtemoc Amezcua Dromundo, Hiran Escudero, Manuel 
Terrazas Guerrero and Carlos Sanchez Cardenas. Repre- 
sentatives of the Federal District Department were; Luis 
Dominguez Pomerente, Cesar Herrera, Javier Caraveo and 
Carlos Stephen, Jr. The group was accompanied by inter- 
preters Mario Reynoso and Ernesto Aguilar. 

At 9 a.m., the group was greeted by CTA officials at the 
Randolph and Wells elevated station, where they boarded a 
special Lake-Dan Ryan train for a tour to the 63rd Street 
station. Harold Hirsch described the main points of interest 
in the city, and his comments were translated into Spanish 
by Miguel Barron, the conductor on the train. 

After the rail tour, a reception was held in the CTA board 
room. Diane Garcia, who recently joined CTA as a con- 
fidential office assistant in the Chairman's Office, opened 
the reception program by welcoming the guests in Spanish 
and introducing them to the audience. Chairman Barnes 
expressed his appreciation for their interest in CTA and 
reiterated his willingness to assist them in every way pos- 
sible in learning the operation of our system. His remarks 
were simultaneously translated into Spanish by interpreter 
Mario Reynoso. 

The program also featured the presentation of "The Urban 
Challenge," a videotape produced by the Training/Develop- 
ment programs section of the Human Resources department. 
Elda Leal of Public Affairs addressed the audience in Spanish, 

Top left: At the Merchandise Mart station, interpreter Mario Reynoso 
(left). General Operations Manager Harold Geissenheimer (second from 
left), and Chairman Eugene Barnes (right), thank Conductor Miguel 
Barron (center, left) and Motorman Francisco Martinez for the excel- 
lent service provided during the tour. Barron's simultaneous Spanish 
translation over the train speakers of Harold Hirsch's tour commentary 
was especially appreciated by the visitors. 

Above: Joby Berman (right), manager. External Affairs, and Diane 
Garcia, confidential office assistant, Chairman's Office, applaud remarks 
by Mexican Congressman Enrique Haboc Soriano, as interpreter Mario 
Reynoso (left) looks on. 

John Schwartz (seated), superintendent. Travel Information Center, 
demonstrates operation of a travel information representative's con- 

introducing Ms. Joby Berman, manager. External Affairs 
Division, and briefly described the areas of responsibility of 
her division. Coffee and Mexican sweet roUs were served at 
the end of the program. 

A group of CTA employees of Mexican descent attended 
the reception at the Chairman's invitation. This enabled the 
visitors to meet employees and feel "at home" while learning 
about CTA operations. 

At the conclusion of the tour, which also included the 
Control Center and the Travel Information Center, the dele- 
gation thanked the CTA for a warm welcome and expressed 
admiration for our advanced public transportation system 
and well organized operations. 



CTA honored by Chicago Urban League 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes was the recipient of a 
Chicago Urban League Certificate 
of Appreciation in recognition of 
his chairmanship of the 1980 Chi- 
cago Urban League membership 
fund drive. 

James E. Taylor, the Chicago 
Urban League's vice president of 
Program and Field Operations, 
presented the award to Chairman 
Barnes followingthe organization' s 
annual October business meeting. 

As head of the 1980 member- 
ship drive effort. Chairman 
Barnes also presented 47 similar 
awards to campaign workers in- 
cluding CTA Board Member Ernie 
Banks, and the Rev. Frederick 
Randall, a driver assigned to the 
77th Street Garage. 

Banks was given recognition 
for his participation as the drive's 
Sports Committee co-chairman. 
Randall, who joined the CTA in 
March 1966, is pastor of the Lake 
Shore Center of Truth. He was 
presented a certificate in recog- 
nition of his staimch support of the 
Chicago Urban League, which ul- 
timately led to League member- 
ship for his entire congregation. 

The Rev. Frederick Randall gets a warm reception from CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes at 
annual meeting of the Chicago Urban League. The CTA driver encouraged his entire congregation 
to support the Urban League membership drive. 

CTA Chairman Barnes accepts a certificate of appreciation from 
Chicago Urban League Vice-President James E. Taylor at annual awards 

Sports Committee co-chairman Ernie Banks, accepting congratulations 
from Taylor, was among CTA people given recognition for participation 
with the annual membership drive. 



Enrique Gonzalez 
earns citizenship 

Enrique Gonzalez, a bilingual (English-Spanish) 
travel information representative, became a U.S. 
citizen on Wednesday, October 29. His wife. Maxima 
Irene, obtained her citizenship two days later. 

Gonzalez, a native from Havana, Cuba, who im- 
migrated to the U.S. in August, 1973, joined CTA in 
1975 as a bus cleaner. SLx months later he became a 
repairman at the 77th Street garage, after passing his 
training with a 95 per cent average. During that 
period, he attended school in the mornings to improve 
his English and obtain his GED diploma. He has been 
working as a bilingual travel information representa- 
tive since October, 1976, where he is considered to 
be a valuable employee. 

In 1979, in recognition of his dedication and out- 
standing motivation to excel, Gonzalez was nominated 
by the CTA to the Superior Public Service Award 
Program under the category of Outstanding Clerical 
Employee. The program is a means of bringing to the 
attention of the public the high caliber of devoted em- 
ployees in public service. 

Gonzalez's next goal is to obtain a degree in 
Business x\dministration. He recently started a cor- 
respondence course through the LaSalle Extension 
University of Chicago. 

Proud new citizen Enrique Gonzalez (center) receives congratulations 
from John Schwartz, superintendent. Travel Information Center, and 
Naomi Tillman, manager. Consumer Services, during a reception held in 
his honor in the Travel Information Center. 

Gonzalez and his wife, who were professional radio 
announcers and actors in Cuba and Russia before im- 
migrating to the U.S., have participated in commer- 
cials for the Spanish media in Chicago^ They are also 
active members of the Covenant Churches of America. 

911 platform telephone 
aids in rescue effort 

Qmck thinking by the son of a 
CTA retiree may have saved the 
life of a rider who fell on the 
tracks of the Lake Street elevated 
structure September 24. Harry 
Brooks, whose father \vlth the 
same name retired as a personnel 
investigator in 1976, said that when 
he reached the eastbound platform 
at Halsted near midnight, he no- 
ticed a pair of shoes. 

Moments later a barefoot man 
appeared from the stairway op- 
posite the one Brooks had used, 
stumbled across the platform, and 
fell onto the tracks. In the distance 
off to the west. Brooks could see 
the lights of an oncoming train. 
He knew he would have to act 
quickly if the man was to be saved. 

Brooks looked around and saw 
one of the new public telephones 
that have been installed at rapid 

transit station platforms. He 
picked it up and called directly to 
the power supervisor's desk in the 
CTA Control Center in the Mer- 
chandise Mart, telling power con- 
troller John Angelo about the 

While instructing rail control- 
ler Frenchie Ellis to alert the 
crews on approaching trains, An- 
gelo cut power for both east and 
westbound trains. Brooks, mean- 
while, jimiped down to track level 
to tiy to lead the errant rider to 

Instead of responding to Brooks' 
offer of help, however, the man 
struggled with him and caught his 
feet in a gratingo Soon South Rail 
District supervisor Sidney Ed- 
wards and intern Johnny Holifield 
arrived on the scene to complete 
the rescue effort, and, once the 

Harry Brooks 

drama ended. Brooks took the first 
eastboimd train home for a well- 
earned night's rest. 



Remodeled Granville 
station dedicated 

The new Granville station on the North-South rapid 
transit route was opened to the public following the 
dedication of the facility by Mayor Jane M. Byrne and 
CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes on November 11. 

The new station, which cost $1,731,000, provides 
riders with modern facilities and conveniences, in- 
cluding protection from rain and snow, bright lighting, 
an escalator, and an elevator for handicapped persons. 

The new concrete platform is 530 feet long and 12 
feet wide. The tubular steel canopy extends the length 
of the platform and is 23 feet wide to cover both the 
platform and the trains. 

The platform has three 18-foot long windbreaks 
with steel frames and tempered glass wallSo The 
windbreak nearest the escalator, stairwell, and ele- 
vator has four passenger-operated infra-red heaters. 

The street-level station building on the south side 
of Granville replaces the original 63-year old station. 

The front of the station facing Granville has a 45- 
foot long entrance of stainless steel-trimmed glass 
doors and glass walls for maximum visibility into the 
station from the street. 

Walls of the station building are of white glazed 
brick with speckles of black. In addition to the ticket 
agent's booth, there are four coin-operated turnstiles, 
and two turnstiles controlled by the agent for access 
by the handicapped. 

The elevator, connecting the station with the train 
platform, has three walls of glass and will accommo- 
date one wheelchair and several standing persons. 

A public address system has been installed in the 
station building and on the platfomi for broadcasting 
rider information. 

Granville platform features modern backlit graphics and passenger 
controlled infrared heaters. 


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Mayor Byrne and Chairman Barnes welcome the press to the station 

Ground level improvements include clear view from street, new turn- 
stiles, and an elevator for handicapped riders, shown at right. 

The station was built by Ross, Lynn, and Norman 
Construction Company, of Skolde, and designed by 
Dubin, Dubin, Black & Moutoussamy, of Chicago. 

Funding for the project was provided by the federal 
and state governments. 



safety awards 

Top winners for the third quarter, 1980 CTA Public 
Safety Awards for operating personnel were Forest Glen 
garage and the Harlem-Lake 'L' terminal. 

Forest Glen isn't a stranger to the award. The garage 
received the award in the first quarter of 1980 only to see 
it won by the Archer garage in the second quarter. 

Since the safety award program began in 1961, Forest 
Glen has held the coveted Interstation Safety Contest plaque 
10 times. 

The Interstation Safety Contest plaque in the trainroom 
of the Harlem-Lake terminal for the third quarter, 1980, 
is a ffleasant sight for crew personnel. They last won the 
award for the first quarter, 1979. 

For the terminal's old timers, the plaque is like an old 
friend. This terminal has held the plaque 17 times since 
the contest began in 1961 . 

Bus operators John Kurinec (left) and Emmit Beard receive Outstand- 
ing Employee Award and congratulations from Harry Reddrick, 
director. Transportation Personnel. 

Ed Henry (2nd from left), supervisor, safety performance analysis, Safety, presents Interstation 
Safety Contest award plaque to Hugh Masterson, superintendent. Forest Glen garage. Joining 
in the ceremony are John Bork (left), assistant superintendent, and Ed Weston (right), assistant 
superintendent, Forest Glen. 

Superintendent Stanley Christ (right), Harlem- 
Lake terminal, receives Interstation Safety 
Contest award plaque for the third quarter, 
1980, from Thomas Boyle, manager. Safety. 

Surface Lines retirees 
please note 

Retired streetcar motormen or conductors who live 
in the San Diego - Los Angeles area may be surprised 
to learn there is someone nearby who Is anxious to hear 
their tales of adventure on the rails. Howard Browne, 
a novelist living in Carlsbad, California, Is working on 
a book in which one of the characters is a Chicago 
Surface Lines conductor in the 1920's and '30's, and 
he wants to learn more about the job and times in 
which streetcars were the mainstay of Chicago's trans- 
portation system. 

You can call Browne collect at Area Code 714- 
436-0790, or write him at 3303 La Costa Avenue, 
Carlsbad, CA 90028. 




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Special Recognition Award recipients Conductor Robert Crawford 
(left), and Motorman Cleo Griffin (right), smile with appreciation 
after receiving awards from Michael LaVelle, director. Transportation 
Service, at ceremony in Harlem-Lake terminal train room. 



Ronald Utiey 
named Master of 
Masonic Lodge 

CTA bus operator Ronald C. 
Utley, assigned to the Forest Glen 
garage, has been named Worship- 
ful Master of the West Irving- 
Blair Lodge 271, Ancient Free and 
Accepted Masons. 

Utley and other lodge officers 
were installed in office in a cere- 
mony conducted last month at the 
Arlington Heights Masonic Temple, 
1104 S. Arlington Heights Road. 

Participating as installing of- 
ficers were CTA retirees Russell 
E. Gimderson, marshal; William L. 
Woebel, chaplain; Rodger Reed, 
secretary, and William Powell, 
senior deacon. 

Ronald C. Utley, left, is congratulated after being installed as Worshipful Master of West Irving- 
Blair Lodge 271 AF&AM by George Chandler, Worshipful Master of Union Park Lodge 610. 
Chandler is a machinist assigned to the frog shop. West Shops. 

Worshipful Brother William L. Woebel, chaplain, left, and Utley kneel 
in prayer before the investiture ceremony. 

Worshipful Brother Mort Simpson, past master and installing officer, 
crowns Utley with the top hat which is symbolic of his office. 

Officiating at last month's investiture of officers were past masters William Powell, senior deacon; 
Rodger Reed, secretary; Mort Simpson, installing officer; Russell E. Gunderson, marshal, and 
William L. Woebel, chaplain. All except Simpson are CTA retirees. 

The worshipful master and Mrs. Maria Utley. 



CTA Sports opens 
1981 basketball season 

The CTA Basketball League opened its 1980-81 
season on Sunday, November 2, at the Washington 
Park Fieldhouse, 55th and King Drive with 13 teams 

The first games of the season started \vith 77th 
Street downing North Park #1, 51-35; West Side 'L' 
edging out 69th Street, 48-42; North Avenue beating 
North Park #2, 59-51, and General Office defeating 
South Shops, 60-41. 

Games are played each Sunday morning (until 
Christmas) starting at 9:30 a.m., and each Tuesday 
and Thursday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Everyone 
is invited to come out and root for their favorite team. 

Top right: E. Burkes, West Side 'L' goes high to tal<e rebound away 
from Jones of 69th Street. 

Right: W. Baker, North Park, grabs rebound as other team members 

Bottom left: B. Jenkins, General Office, out jumps R. Parrish, South 
Shops, for the tip-off. 

Bottom right: J. Harvey, 43, and J. Millbrook, 30, General Office, out 
muscle South Shop player for rebound. 





Forest Park, Emp. 7-6-50 
DAVID FISHER, Utility Clerk, 

Security, Emp. 11-18-57 

77th Street, Emp. 11-17-48 
FRED MORGAN, Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp. 11-6-69 

South Section, Emp. 3-8-47 
WANTTA NAMYST, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 11-10-56 

North Park, Emp. 1-10-56 


JESSE COLBERT, Car Repairer, 

98th Street, Emp. 7-24-69 

77th Street, Emp. 1-23-51 
LAWRENCE LATHAM, Foot Collector, 

Transportation, Emp. 2-24-67 

North Avenue, Emp. 6-23-58 

Sailing in Mobile Bay down Alabama way is 
Pensioner Joe Osterberger who fishes for shrimp 
and other edible denizens of the deep. Joe, who 
retired on March 1, 1974, as a security super- 
visor II, looks as if he just stepped out of the 
pages of Moby Dick. Our thanks to Russ 
Warnstedt for submitting this picture to Transit 


Volume 33 Number 12 

Published for employes and retirees of the CTA, 
bv the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 
Manager. Editorial and graphics by the Public 
Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. Transit 
News Staff: Mel Alexander, Christine Borcic, 
Jack Sowchin, Jeff Stern, Rick Willis. Produced 
by the Administrative Services Unit under the 
direction of Charles T. Zanin. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employes. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

SOL BERLIN, 72, Kedzie, 

Emp. 3-5-45, Died 10-1-80 
SUSAN BLACK, 80, South Section, 

Emp. 1-6-19, Died 9-5-80 
ELMER BLOOM, 87, Devon, 

Emp. 4-28-23, Died 9-23-80 

Emp. .5-10-21, Died 10-28-80 
THOMAS BROWN, 70, South Section, 

Emp. 2-28-57, Died 10-29-80 
ELES CADICHON, 44, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 2-8-68, Died 11-4-80 
THOMAS CARMODY, 59, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 11-30-78, Died 10-19-80 
MICHAEL COMISKEY, 64, Investigations, 

Emp. 3-23-49, Died 11-13-80 
THOMAS CONLON, 83, South Shops, 

Emp. 6-11-13, Died 10-2-80 
LEON DAVIS, 54, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-3-66, Died 10-10-80 
VINCE DONOHUE, 53, Oper's Planning, 

Emp. 5-15-47, Died 10-12-80 
EMMA DOUGLAS, 86, South Section, 

Emp. 10-23-46, Died 10-27-80 
MICHAEL DUHIG, 85, Blue Island, 

Emp. 7-21-26, Died 10-15-80 
CHARLES FUTTERER, 92, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-11-24, Died 10-12-80 
LEO GALLAGHER, 87, Stores, 

Emp. 2-20-28, Died 9-14-80 
VINCENZO GARITI, 75, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 5-1-36, Died 10-17-80 

Emp. 3-30-37, Died 9-29-80 
MICHAEL KALAL, 87, Lawndale, 

Emp, 8-24-18, Died 10-26-80 

ANDREW KARIOLICH, 71, North Park, 

Emp. 11-22-30, Died 10-12-80 
FRANK KONCZAL, 76, 69th Street, 

Emp. 4-14-26, Died 10-17-80 

Emp. 6-3-22, Died 10-17-80 
MICHAEL LENIHAN, 83, 77th Street, 

Emp. 4-21-43, Died 10-9-80 
JOSEPH MATERN, 83, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-1-22, Died 10-22-80 
STANLEY MATURO, 51, Harlem, 

Emp. 5-26-48, Died 11-6-80 
PATRICK O'BOYE, 78, 77th Street, 

Empo 9-3-42, Died 10-16-80 
ADOLPH OLSON, 70, South Shops, 

Emp. 3-31-42, Died 10-10-80 
RAYMOND PRYOR, 68, South Shops, 

Emp. 2-18-36, Died 10-18-80 
JAMES SCANLON, 73, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-19-42, Died 10-13-80 
LADDIE SMACH, 76, West Shops, 

Emp. 10-22-26, Died 10-25-80 
JAMES SMITH, 64, West Shops, 

Emp. 3-13-51, Died 10-15-80 
FRANK SPICUZZA, 73, West Section, 

Emp. 3-13-44, Died 10-25-80 

Emp. 3-16-23, Died 10-12-80 
JOSEPH STEPNK, 88, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-12-23, Died 10-2-80 
WALTER SUBAITIS, 84, West Shops, 

Emp. 4-14-23, Died 10-28-80 
NELSON TICE, 66, Limits, 

Emp. 9-20-46, Died 10-29-80 
JAMES WHITLOCK, 78, West Section, 

Emp. 10-4-26, Died 10-9-80 
STAFFORD WINFRITH, 74, Forest Park, 

Emp. 5-15-51, Died 10-16-80 

1 in December 

35 years 

40 years 

George R. Duszynski, Forest Glen 
Edward K. Graetz, Howard/Kimball 
Raymond Graham, North Avenue 
William J. Lemke, Forest Glen 
Ray J. Noakes, Schedules 
Gerald Phillips, Skokie Shop 











30 years 

Michael J. Veltri 

Near South Area 

Leo L. Targosz, Congress 

Stanley M. Zielinski 


James Batups, 69th Street 
Mary J. Boski, Forms/Records 
Francis L. Brady, Employment 
John Devine, Stores/South 
Joseph Kilcullen, Stores/South 
Melvin E. Link, Instruction 
Arthur C. Loman, Ashland/95th 
John B. Mitchell, Ashland/95th 
Adele M. Monson, Forms Design 
Martin N. Reynolds, Howard/Kimball 
Willie D. Sudduth, 98th Shop 
Joseph A. Vodvarka, Transportation 
Edward J. Weston, Far North Area 

25 years 

Elvin J. Carey, Service 
James Moore, Utility 



rui / 

you a 
New Year 

My family and I extend to you and your loved ones our best wishes for 
healiii and happiness in 1981 and the years ahead. 

The new year presents a challenge to all of us as our nation continues 
to wage a battle on energy, with our chief objective being self-sufficiency. 
I am confident that through our continued dedication to conservation, and 
the exploration and development of our natural resources, we will win 
this energy war. 

While all of us at the CTA are striving to meet the energy challenge, 
we must not let the technical aspects of this great effort overshadow the 
human element. Let us remember that our ultimate responsibility is to 
our patrons. We are certain to have increasingly more riders in 1981, as 
more and more of our citizens recognize in this new year, the need to 
conserve our resources and to strive for energy independence in this 

One of my personal goals for the new year is to insure that each CTA 
employee realizes the importance of his or her individual effort in pro- 
viding the best possible service to our riders. 

The addition of new equipment to our rolling stock, more moderniza- 
tion of facilities through capital development, as well as the continued 
growth of the individual monthly pass sales program, already a highlight 
in the consumer area, are among the accomplishments for which we are 
striving in the new year. 

High priority in 1981 will be given to the continued development of a 
program to serve our elderly and handicapped citizens, so that no mem- 
ber of the public will be denied access to our public transportation system. 

We are working fervently toward this goal as well as toward the con- 
tinued development of a transit security program, which I am certain will 
be a model for others. 

Moreover, we are working intensely to be gracious hosts at the best 
convention ever in the history of the American Public Transit Association, 
when It meets in Chicago In October 1981. 

We began this decade with great strides forward. As we face the new 
year, let us resolve to go further and faster pulling together. 

Happy New3^ar, 

:ugene M. Barnes, Chairman 
Chicago Transit Authority 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




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Harlem terminal sets new 
maintenance safety recor 

Accidents are costly to individual emf 
well as to the company, so a year without an accident 
or even one lost man-hour is a record any working 
group can be proud of. It's certainly worth a free 
lunch, which is what the maintenance crew at Harlem 
terminal got for taking literally the meaning of CTA's 
Zero Accident Program (ZAP) for four quarters in a 

The lunch resulted from a "gentleman's agreement" 
that was made after Harlem won its second consecutive 
quarterly award last spring. At that time car repairer 
Frank Chiapetta confidently assured Jim Dudley, su- 
pervisor. Maintenance Safety, that he and his col- 
leagues would take the ZAP award for the next two 
quarters, if not longer. "Will you buy us lunch if we 
do?" he asked Dudley. 

"Sure I will," was Dudley's response, never antici- 
pating that he would have to make good on his agree- 
ment. After all, no maintenance crew in the 10-year 
history of the program had ever gone a whole year 
without a personal injury. 

The proud smiles and satisfied appetites of Har- 
lem's crew December 15, however, proved that the 
"impossible" could be accomplished when the effort 
was made. And the effort that gave Harlem the ZAP 
award for four consecutive quarters involved real 
teamwork by Chiapetta and 43 other maintenance 




Ihares the limelight with maintenance management in 
the bay at Harlem terminal after the lunch they were given for working 
faurxiya(t£rs in a row without a personal injury. 

people at Harlem, headed by Sheldon Rita, foreman. 

a,will have 35 years of service in May, said 
iH^oiter personal protective equipment, such 
as safety glasses and shoes, have no value tmless they're 
used. "They're meant to be worn," he said, "and we've 
had good cooperation from all our people in keeping them 
on while working." (Cont'd Page 2) 

An early Christmas lunch was included in the festivities at Harlem terminal, 
where Tom Wolgemuth (left), manager. Maintenance, presented Sheldon 
Rita, dayforeman, with ZAP award for employee safety. 


JANUARY, 1981 

Maintenance safety (continued) 

Sharing first-place honors with Harlem in the third 
quarter of 1980 was the other end of the Lake/Dan 
Ryan maintenance operation — 98th Street, which com- 
pleted four quarters in a row with a prize of either 
first or second place. On the bus side it was Limits 
that had a perfect record, with no injuries reported, 

while 69th Street won a first-place prize for having 
the least number of injuries among garage crews. 

Competition within each shop area produced awards 
for Unit Eebuild at South Shops and Unit Overhaul at 
Skokie Shop. Within Plant Maintenance, Signal, Radio 
& Telephone won the award in the Power & Way area 
of competition, while Rail Janitors took first place in 
the Buildings & Grounds area. 

Fried chicken, mostaccioli, Italian sausage, 
potato and macaroni salads, a relish tray and 
cookies were among the items enjoyed by 
maintenance people at Harlem for achieving 
their unique safety record. 

Top left: Receiving a congratulatory handshake from Tom Gecan (left), 
supervisor. North Side Garages, Jim Ward, day foreman, accepts ZAP 
award for Limits garage, which recorded no personal injuries for the 
third quarter of 1980. 

Top right: Len Wiksten (right), director. Plant Maintenance, presents 
the safety award for the Buildings & Grounds area of Plant Maintenance 
to Leonard Beatty, supervisor. Rail Janitors, in ceremony at Madison/ 

Bottom left: At South Shops, Nick Simonetti (right), unit supervisor, 
accepts the second safety award in a row for the Unit Rebuild section 
from Frank Venezia, superintendent. Bus Shops. 


Merchandise gift certificates, windshield scrap- 
ers, and CTA golf hats were among the 
prizes distributed at ceremonies marl<ing 
Harlem terminal's fourth quarterly ZAP 
award in a row. 

Left: Hoseha Johnson (center), day foreman, 
holds the first place ZAP award won by the 
69th Street garage maintenance team for its 
outstanding safety record in the third quarter 
of 1980. 

Below: Surrounded by the people who made 
It happen, Dick Lorimer (center with tie and 
sweater), unit supervisor, receives safety 
award for Unit Overhaul section at Skokie 
from George Haenisch, superintendent, 
Skokie Shop. 

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Ted Szewc (right), supervisor. Signals, Radio & Telephone, accepts 
safety award won by his section within the Power & Way area of Plant 
Maintenance from Stu Maginnis, director, Maintenance-Support 

Aaron Swoope, day fore- 
man, addresses members of 
the 98th Street maintenance 
crew to thank them for 
their efforts in winning the 
ZAP award in rail compe- 
tition for the third quarter 
of 1980. 

JANUARY, 1981 

Chairman's report 


We look forward to many successful endeavors for 
1981, as we prepare to meet with members of the fed- 
eral legislature and the Reagan Administration in 
Washington this month to discuss the feasibility of in- 
creased federal mass transit funding. 

As vice president of governmental affairs for the 
American Public Transit Association, it is my hope 
that the new Congress will prove sympathetic to the 
needs of public transportation by adopting transit 
legislation that favors increased operating assistance, 

A bill, passed by the Congress in early December, 
but failed in the Senate, would have authorized a higher 
level of operating assistance for mass transit. We 
were very fortunate to have had some input in this 
proposal when we convened with APTA officials in 
November, and subsequently met with legislative 
representatives in Washington. Thus, strategy for the 
success of this important bill is first on our Washing- 
ton agenda with the 97th Congress. 

We at the CTA would benefit handsomely from this 
legislation, particularly as we strive to meet the 
growing demands for Increased service. Foremost in 
this effort is our development of a program for 
serving the elderly and handicapped. 

Although we are insisting on a tight, hold-the-line 
budget to eliminate or curtail all but the most neces- 
sary expenses, we will continue to provide the public 
with good, dependable service, and we will realize our 
goal of meeting the special transportation needs of 
senior citizens and handicapped riders. 

This spring, we expect to break ground for the much 
needed enclosed bus garage at Kedzie avenue and 
Van Buren street. We also expect to complete land 
acquisition for the site at 103rd street and Stony Is- 
land avenue where we plan to build another garage 

In other capital developments we will be working 
with the City of Chicago to develop a plan for the re- 
habilitation of our Loop elevated structures and 

I want to assure you that each employee is impor- 
tant to us in the successful development of our 1981 
public transportation program. We will succeed as 
we work together. 

Honesty praised 

Kimberly Ray, 14, accepts Special Recognition Award from Chair- 
man Eugene iVI. Barnes at CTA Board meeting, January 7. Miss Ray 
turned in $90 that she found on a CTA bus, November 6, which the 
rightful owner later claimed at the 77th Street Garage. Her good deed 
brought Miss Ray much deserved praise from the news media. 

Continental Divide 

© 1980, Universal City Studios, Inc. 

John Belushi returned to Chicago recently for four weeks of filming 
during the production of "Continental Divide," a romantic comedy 
from Universal Studios. Two days were spent filming on the CTA at the 
Madison/Wabash 'L' station and the State/Lake subway station. In the 
film Belushi plays a Sun-Times columnist who travels to the Rocky 
Mountains to interview a beautiful ornithologist played by Blair Brown. 
Belushi, a native Chicagoan, recently appeared before the cameras in 
Chicago during the filming of his box office hit "Blues Brothers." 


Michael I. Brady 
joins CTA Board 

Michael I. Brady 

James J. McDonough 

Michael I. Brady has been named to a seven-year 
post on the Chicago Transit Authority board by Mayor 
Jane M. Byrne. 

Brady and his wife Patricia have 10 children and re- 
side in the West Rogers Park area, where he is also 
the 49th Ward Democratic committeeman. Brady 
succeeds former Streets and Sanitation commissioner 
James J. McDonough who had served more than five 
years on the CTA board. 

The new board member was both a state represent- 
ative and a state senator, and later served in the Byrne 
administration as the mayor's legislative liaison. 

McDonough, predecessor to Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes, was appointed in September, 1975, by the late 
Mayor Richard J. Daley to fill the unexpired term of 
Milton Pikarsky, former board chairman. Members 
of the board honored the retiring McDonough with the 
following resolution: 


JAMES J. Mcdonough 

WHEREAS, Mr. James J. McDonough, who served 
as a Member of this Board for the past five years is now 
leaving his office ; and 

WHEREAS, During his term he served as Chairman 
of the Authority; and 

WHEREAS, Through his leadership and direction, 
the Authority has become a forerunner of many innovative 
transit services; and 

WHEREAS, In recognition of his outstanding 
abilities and exceptional achievements Mr. McDonough has 
held positions with the City of Chicago, the American Public 
Transit Association and the International Union of Public 
Transport and continues to hold office and actively partici- 
pate in many transit oriented public organizations; now 

BE IT RESOLVED That the Members of the 
Chicago Transit Board and all the employees of the Chicago 
Transit Authority extend their heart-felt appreciation to 
James J. McDonough for his untiring dedication to the 
Chicago Transit Authority and the citizens of the metro- 
pohtan area; 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVEDThat this resolution 
be spread of record upon the minutes of this meeting and 
that a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to 
Mr. McDonough. 
Adopted by the 
Chicago Transit Board 
7 January, 1981 

JANUARY, 1981 

The CTA's most recently qualified ticket agent supervisors show off 
Certificates signifying that they have completed an extensive training 
program encompassing approximately 80 hours of formal classroom 
sessions and practical field experience. The new supervisors are: 

Seated (from left), Ossie Graham, Katherine Robinson, Martha Turner, 
and Lealie Hinton. Standing (from left), Theodore Caruthers, Judith 
O'Neill, Joyce Johnson, Linda Woods, Effie Alexander, Maria Quin- 
tanar, Betty Rice, and Amos Williams. 

Ticket agent supervisors graduate 

Thirteen new ticket agent supervisors 
have joined the supervisor pool after 
completing an extensive training pro- 
gram emphasizing standards for inter- 
personal relations. 

The training, all done on the stu- 
dents' own time, included 40 hours of 
formal sessions, and approximately 40 
hours of field training in agent supervi- 
sor experiences under the guidance of 
other supervisors. Edward Mitchell, 
director, Support Services, was in 
charge of the three month training 

Graduating with top honors was 
Joyce Johnson, a North Side ticket 
agent, who completed the training with 
an average of 92.5. The minimum 
score required for completion was 80, 
according to Robert Desvignes, area 
superintendent of instruction. 

Others receiving certificates were: 
Betty Rice, Katherine Robinson, Linda 
Woods, and Effie Alexander, West 
Side agents; Judith O'Neill, North Side 
agent; Amos Williams, West Side agent; 
Maria Quintanar, Central Assignment 
office; Theodore Caruthers, South Side 
agent; Ossie Graham, Antonio Narvaez, 
and Martha Turner, West Side agents, 
and Lealie Hinton, South Side agent. 

Mitchell told the graduates, "We 
have not just filled jobs with bodies, 
but with competent people who have 
demonstrated that they can do the job. 

We congratulate you for your efforts." 

Ernest Sawyer, administrative assist- 
ant to CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes, told the graduates, "The chair- 
man is proud of the accomplishments 
that you have made in this endeavor 
and he is cognizant of the fact that 
you've spent your own time in this 
training program. Tliere will be room 
for upward movement for you." 

Later the chairman appeared to ex- 
press his personal appreciation to the 

Harry Reddrick, director of per- 
sonnel. Transportation, reiterated the 

upward movement possibilities by tel- 
ling the graduates that this first level of 
supervision "opens the door to un- 
limited opportunities." 

Harold H. Geissenheimer, General 
Operations Manager, also emphasized 
that openings for advancement to the 
new agent supervisors would be avail- 
able to anyone who wants them. 
"There is room for you to go anywhere 
you want to go," he said. 

Transportation Manager James Blaa 
told the class, "We feel that we are 
Number One because of the dedicated 
people who work for us. We appreciate 
your efforts in this program and we 
congratulate you." 

a personal view 

The grass is just as green on one 
side of the fence as it is on the 
other when you're comparing gen- 
eral office and field assignments, 
according to ticket agent Martha 
Turner, a former switchboard op- 

Turner is a recent graduate of 
the three mon-th intensive training 
program for ticket agent supervi- 
sors and was assigned to the pool 
of supervisors along with other 

She joined the CTA in 1 969 as a 
ticket agent, but after five years, 
the former long distance telephone 
operator left the Transportation 
department to work on the CTA 

switchboard because, as she said, 
"It was considered prestigious to 
work in the general office." 

Turner said that she wanted to 
return to the Transportation de- 
partment because of its many 
opportunities for advancement . . . 
"although," she said "my job in 
the Merchandise Mart was most 

Since returning to work as a 
ticket agent. Turner said that every- 
one slie has met has worked hard 
to help her get settled in her new 
job. "There is so much to learn, 
but I know that working as a ticket 
agent now will help me to be a 
better agent supervisor," she said. 



Direct deposit 
of pension checks 

As a result of the arbitration proceedings between 
Locals 241 and 308 of the Amalgamated Transit Union 
and the Chicago Transit Authority, a joint Union-Man- 
agement Committee was established to study the feas- 
ibility of direct deposit of pension checks to a bank or 
savings and loan„ 

After careful deliberation, the Committee unani- 
mously agreed to approve direct deposit of retired 
employees' pension checks, effective February 1, 

A retired employee must make a request fordirect 
depositforms in writing to the Secretary of the Retire- 
ment Allowance Committee. The forms must be com- 

pleted in triplicate. One copy should be retained by 
the employee; one copy goes to the retired employee's 
bank; and the original must be returned to the Secre- 
tary's Office. 

Direct deposit forms must be in the Secretary's 
Office on or before the tenth of the month in which the 
check will be deposited. 

For your convenience a direct deposit coupon has 
been included in this edition of the Transit News. If 
you wish to participate in this program, fill out the 
coupon and return it to the Secretary of the Retire- 
ment Allowance Committee, Room 7-107, Merchandise 
Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 


Richard Goldman 
Timothy O'Mahony 
John Weatherspoon 
Clarence Knox 
Ernest Langosch 

William A. Ashley 
Sal Bianchi 
James Gallagher 
Paul Kole 
Robert Kren 

*Ama]gamated Transit Union 

Local 241* 

Local 241* 

Local 241* 

Local 308* 

Representing Employees Not 

Members of 241 & 308 







Leonard Morris 
James Edwards 
Charles Hall 
Hugh Hegarty 
Al Kasmer 

Craig Heatter 
Clare Glenn 
Leon Wool 
Jay De Franco 
William Mansker 

Local 241* 

Local 241* 

Local 241* 

Local 308* 

Representing Employees Not 

Members of 241 & 308 








Secretary, Retirement Allowance Committee 
Chicago Transit Authority - Room 7-107 
Merchandise Mart Plaza - P.O. Box 3555 
Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Please provide the following retired employee with the forms for direct deposit of his/her pension check. 
(Please print or type.) 

Name of Retired Employee: 

Retirement Number: 

Address : 

Telephone Number: 

Area Code Telephone Number 


JANUARY, 1981 

Peter Willemsen (North Park 
Garage) won the gratitude of 
Lillian Serpico, who works in 
Oak Brook, for the way he op- 
erated a #22 Clark bus. "He 
was neatly groomed, patient 
with boarding passengers who 
were elderly, answered questions 
courteously, and called every 
intersection as we approached it. 
He handled the bus extremely 
well in and out of traffic. I had 
to ask him several questions, 
which he answered clearly and 
courteously. I realize he must 
be an exceptionally well-quali- 
fied person to be a line instruc- 
tor, but his whole demeanor and 
attitude were so outstanding, I 
felt he should be recognized. He 
Is a great credit to CTA." 

Gregory Wallace (69th Street 
Garage) was the driver of a #67 
67/69/71 bus ridden by Mellow- 
neice Springfield, of South Her- 
mitage Avenue. "At Conage 
Grove and 67th there was a 
group of elderly people alighting 
a northbound Cottage Grove bus. 
Our driver waited for them to 
cross the street and board his 
bus. He was very efficient in 
announcing the stops and punch- 
ing transfers. He made me feel 
that my welfare and safety were 
of his concern and that of the 
CTA. As passengers alighted the 
bus he advised them to "Watch 
your step.' He is an excellent 
representative of the CTA and 
has a pleasant attitude." 

commendation corner 

Ronald Coleman (Lawndale Garage) was complimented by 
Samuel Crawford, of Harbor Drive, for his helpfulness while 
driving a #60 Blue Island/26 bus. "1 recently moved to 
Chicago from Texas, where public transportation has not yet 
been fully implemented. I admit that I was a bit apprehen- 
sive about boarding the bus, never having ridden a pubhc 
bus in my 3 1 years. I was very pleasantly surprised when I 
spoke to the driver. He was one of the most friendly, cour- 
teous and helpful persons I have ever encountered. He made 
my first bus ride a most enjoyable one. His behavior speaks 
very well for CTA and the City of Chicago." 

BUly Ragsdale (52nd Street Garage) was praised by Mrs. 
R. M. Johnston, of Glencoe, for alerting her to pickpockets 
on his #1 Drexel/Hyde Park bus. "I boarded his crowded 
bus across from Marshall Field's. There was a line getting on. 
There were also two teenagers 'pulling an act' to get my 
wallet out of my purse. The driver shouted, 'Lady, watch 
your purse!' I didn't know it was my purse that was being 
picked, but I turned around to see my purse wide open and 
a hand therein. The two young men ran as soon as the driver 
yelled. Otherwise, I would be trying to duplicate 12 cards 
and to explain the loss of three receipts. This man's caring 
for his passengers is certainly to be praised." 

Georgia Gayden (Limits Garage) was appreciated by 
Cynthia Brown, of Belmont Avenue, for her "sensible and 
courteous handling of an intoxicated man" on her #145 
Wilson/Michigan bus. "He initially told her he had to look 
for his transfer, and then took a seat. A few minutes later 
she asked if he had found it. He responded that he had not, 
but became somewhat hostile. He hesitated a bit longer and 
she asked him to pay his fare. He then came forward to do 
so, but became verbally abusive, spouting sexual and racial 
insults. I feel she was courageous in handling the respon- 
sibilities of her job properly without aggravating a difficult 

Booker Bolton (North Avenue Garage) was commended by 
Lleanore Knaus, of Rice Street, who is an early morning rider 
on his #66 Chicago bus. "He calls out the streets, says 
'Good morning,' and, when you get off, he tells you to have 
a good day. He doesn't pull out from under your feet to 

make a liglit. He even knows where most of us get off. Just 
last week a lady was going to get off a block ahead (of her 
regular stop), and he asked why. She was daydreaming and 
thanked him. Everybody likes to ride his bus, and if he is 
off he is kidded about it. I am a senior citizen and still work, 
and I like to see such a good driver." 

Richard Goodman (52nd Street Garage) is missed by 
Sandra Tucker, of Cheltenham Place, who used to ride his 
#1 Drexel/Hyde Park bus. "He greeted each passenger with 
a pleasant 'Good morning' and/or a warm smile . He became 
acquainted with his regular riders in a short time, and made 
note if one of them missed riding with him upon the pas- 
senger's return. He placed some warmth in the coldness 
that usually results from the anonymity of riding buses and 
trains, but without becoming effusive. He always maintained 
control of himself, the situation, and his image as a goodwill 
emissary. His attitude was a positive one, and he handled 
each situation in a positive manner." 

Samuel Bellmon (Limits Garage) was thanked by Mrs. 
Mildred Pomerantz, who works on West Jackson Boulevard, 
for his courtesy whUe driving a #37 Sedgwick bus. "Almost 
every day I ride his bus. One day it was drizzling, and he 
was at the comer and had the light to go, but he saw I was 
across the street. He knows I have trouble with my right 
foot, so he stopped directly across from the comer I was on 
and let me on the bus. He is always so kind and courteous, 
and I will never forget this gesture. I reaUy wanted you to 
know how much I appreciated his concem and kindness." 

Bruce Ellison (North Park Garage) eamed the approval of 
Mrs. Jessie Geraghty, of Greenleaf Avenue, "for the excep- 
tional service and courtesy" he exhibited while driving a 
#147 Outer Drive Express bus. "I, along with many others 
on the bus, was impressed by, and appreciative of the fine 
treatment he gave riders at all times. This driver was not 
only courteous and helpful, but also efficient and know- 
ledgeable in the performance of his duties. He is a credit to 
your organization, for not only does he do his job well, he 
also seemed to like what he was doing, and made people feel 
good by the time they reached their destinations." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently 

Taysir Abdullah and Carl Ai- 
kens, both of Archer; Rosa Alfaro, 
Forest Glen; and David Arreguin, 
North Park. 

Curtis Banks and Edward Bar- 
ry, both of North Avenue ; Nathan- 
iel Barton, Steve Brooks, and 
Richard Brown, all of 52nd Street; 
Samuel Bevelle and Eddie Burton, 
both of North Park; Elvin Boone, 
77th Street; and John Brugess, 

Jean Cage and Sergio Candela- 
ria,bothof Limits; John Cameron, 
Ashland Terminal; Will Candy Jr. 
and Ray Clark, both of Lawndale; 
Lawrence Carter and Leroy Car- 
ter, both of 77th Street; and Byung- 
Yup Choi, Luke Costanza, and Griz 
Craig, all of North Park. 

Victor Davila and Leon Davis, 
both of North Park; Electra de 
Alba and Richard Dorsch, both of 
Nortii Avenue; and Virgil Dean and 
Lachester Drain, both of Limits. 

Eddie Elliott and Ophelia Ellis, 
both of 77th Street; and Bruce El- 
lison, North Park. 

Atsia Fair, 77th Street; Eddie 
Figueroa, North Park; and James 
Fitzgerald, Limits. 

Daniel Galarza and Hugo Gal- 
vey,both of North Park; Wallacene 
Good, Forest Glen; Richard Good- 
man, 52nd Street; and George Gray, 


Otis Hampton and James Haw- 
thorne, both of Limits; Paulette 
Hardeman, Forest Glen; Joseph 
Henderson, 52nd Street; Felix 
Hernandez and Marshall Herron, 
both of North Avenue; Peyton Hi^- 
tower, 77th Street; and Joe Hodge 
and James Rowland, both of North 

Michelle James, 69th Street; 
Willie James, North Park; Arthur 
Jamegan, Douglas/Congress; 

Jaime Jimenez, Forest Glen; and 
Betty Jones and Bernardino Jua- 
rez, both of Limits. 

Gustav Kappertz, Forest Glen; 
Gary Kearl and George Knox, both 
of Lawndale; Richard Kelley, North 
Avenue; Richard Kobylecky, Ar- 
cher; and James Kolstad, Beverly. 

Willie Lawler Jr., 52nd Street; 
Walter Lemons Jr., Limits; Jesus 
Limas, North Park; Alexander 
Love, Norlh Avenue; Robert Lucas, 
Lawndale; and George Lyons, Ar- 

Adolph Marth, Francis Mc- 
Keman, Euloglo Mendez, Edgar 
Mollinedo, and Luis Montalvo, all 
of North Park; Charles Martin, 
52nd Street; June Martin, West 
Section; Michael Maxwell and Lar- 
ry Miller, both of 69th Street; Rob- 
ert McCoy, North Park; Betty Mc- 
Math, Archer; Antonio Mendez, 
Limits; Abraham Morgan, North 
Avenue; and Sheila Myers, 77th 


Jose Naranjo, North Park; and 
Anthony Nicholson, North Section. 

Willie Owens, Archer. 

Fanny Patton, Archer; Fred- 
erick Pepke, Limits; Charles 
Peterson, 77th Street; and Rein- 
hard Poetz, Forest Glen. 

Celia Rincones, 52nd Street; 
Rene Rivera, Charles Roberts, and 
Curtis Rogers, all of North Park; 
Angelo Rodriguez, Limits; Jose 
Roman and Charles Rose H, both of 
Howard/Kimball; and Edward 
Ross, Lawndale. 

Hattle Sandrella, Howard/ 
Kimball; Jorge Sed and Kenneth 
Simpson, both of North Park; Frank 
Serrano and Ruth Smith, both of 
North Avenue; and Ralford Steele, 
Ronald Steflnsky, and Vyiautas 
Stukells, all of Archer, 

Eugene Taylor, Forest Park; 
Paul Thomas, 69th Street; Edward 
Tiemey,West Section; Willie Tur- 
ner, North Park; and Mamie 
Twine, North Section. 

Johnny Van, North Park; and 
James Vaughn Jr. and Juris Vi- 
tands, both of North Avenue. 

Robert Walker, Early Watson 
Jr., and Parmela Willis, all of 
Archer; Karen Williams, 69th 
Street; and Richard Williams Jr., 

Jacques Yezegulelian, Forest 
Glen; Reginald Young, Lawndale; 
and Thelma Young, North Avenue. 

Edward Zamiar, North Park. 


Cordell Surrett, former unit 
supervisor. Intern, Rail Vehicle 
Maintenance, has been appointed 
unit supervisor. Terminals, in the 
same department. Alfred Pierce, 
former bus service supervisor. 
District A, has been named man- 
agement/professional intern, 
Transportation-Control Center. 

Frenchle Ellis, former con- 
troller. Control Center, has be- 
come principal safety analyst, 
Transportation-Support Services. 
Also in Transportation, Arliss 
Jones, former rail service super- 
visor. Rail District South, has 

been selected methods/standards 
analyst, Support Services. 

In Operations Planning, James 
Smith has been reassigned from 
traffic checker to traffic clerk, 
while Donald Bruno has moved 
from transit technician III to 
transit technician V. Judy Stroud, 
former typist. Operations Plan- 
ning, is now job classification 
clerk. Human Resources-Job 

New in Plant Maintenance as a 
testing engineer is Artemio Sison, 
former electrical design engineer. 
Engineering. Ronnie Harper, who 
was a blacksmith/welder at South 
Shops, is now in the same position 
in Plant Maintenance. Don Hoard, 

former stock clerk. Materials 
Management-Stores, has been 
named material coordinator, Sko- 
kie Shop. 

Also at Skolde, Kathy Fabry, 
former typist, has become ad- 
ministrative secretary. In In- 
surance & Pensions, Gloria Sim- 
mons has moved from typist to 
utility clerk. Barbara Neeland, 
former utility clerk. Materials 
Management, has been selected 
claims investigation clerk, Law- 
Claims, and Irene Klein, former 
stenographer I, Operations Plan- 
ning, is now stenographer II, 
Financial Services/Assistant 

Comptroller-Accounting & Analy- 

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Grupo Folklorico de Colombia dancers provided entertainment for 
holiday revelers. 

Hispanic employees 

Rainy weather did not appear to hinder party goers, 
or dampen spirits as approximately 350 CTA em- 
ployees and guests turned out December 6 for the 
fourth annual Hispanic American Transportation As- 
sociation Christmas party at the Holiday Inn Apparel 

Plenty of good music provided for dancing by La 
Noctambula Orchestra, and the Grupo Folklorico of 

Columbia entertainers, regaled in splendor in their 
brightly colored costumes, set the mood of gaiety for 
the evening. 

While revelers feasted on a tasty repast of Swedish 
meat balls, egg rolls, cheese, assorted relishes, fruit 
and other refreshments. Master of Ceremonies En- 
rique Gonzalez of the Travel Information Center, and 
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Members of the program committee, seated, were Ruth Lebron, Accounting department, and 
Jose Flores, Transportation department, HATA president. Standing from left are Rudy Mendez, 
Human Relations; Joe Valtierra, Operations Planning; Elda Leal, Public Affairs; Maria Elena 
Frias and Omar Colon, Claims department. 

Joe Valtierra and Rose Mary Ruiz of the 
Engineering department were among party 
goers enjoying the dance music provided by 
La Noctambula Orchestra. 



host Christmas party 

Grupo Folklorico de Columbia varied their costumes as they con- 
tinued to demonstrate dances with that south of the border flavor. 

garage, presided over the distribution of door prizes 
with help from the audience. 

Prizes included an AM-FM eight track stereo sys- 
tem, several certificates for dinner at some of Chi- 
cago's well known restaurants, and two subscriptions 
to La Raza, an Hispanic publication. 

Special guests attending the HATA party were Cook 
County Commissioner Irene Hernandez and her daugh- 

ter, Irene, and Peter Nimo of WGN-TV, producer of 
Charlando, an Hispanic oriented talk show. 

The program committee included Ruth Lebron, 
Accounting department; HATA president Jose Flores, 
and Joe Valtierra, Transportation department; Rudy 
Mendez, Human Relations; Elda Leal, Public Affairs; 
Maria Elena Frias and Omar Colon, Claims depart- 
ment, and Felipe Gonzalez, Placement section. 

Cook County Commissioner Irene Hernandez (seated fourth from 
left), and her daughter, Irene, were among guests attending the HATA 
Christmas party. Others are Bertha and Celso Castellanos, and Mrs. 
Mario Ochoa. Standing are Elda Leal, CTA Public Affairs, and Peter 
Nuno, WGN-TV. 

Ms. Virginia Martinez, attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense 
and Education Foundation, was the lucky winner of the evening's 
most coveted door prize, an eight track stereo system. Making the 
presentation from the stage are Enrique Gonzalez and Electra de Alba. 

JANUARY, 1981 

Training center emphasizes learning by doing 

Because it takes a large number of skilled per- 
sonnel to maintain CTA vehicles and facilities, 
training is an essential part of CTA's maintenance 

The CTA Maintenance Training Center, located in 
one bay of Lawndale Garage (3925 W. Cermak), is the 
base of operation for this training. 

Almost all maintenance personnel attend entry level 
training programs at this location. In addition, re- 
fresher or follow-up training is conducted at the cen- 
ter and other field locations. In all of the training 
programs conducted by the center's staff of 30, there 
is heavy emphasis on 'hands on' Instruction. ..where 
the trainee learns by performing the task in which he 
or she is being trained. This emphasis is essential 
to putting productive workers on the job, the training 
staff believes. 

Training aids ranging from mock-ups and actual 

equipment to slides, videotape and filmstrips are used 
to inject the realism required for this type of instruc- 

Training sessions range from entry level programs 
for bus and car servicers and repairmen to appren- 
tice and foreman training programs. All of the main- 
tenance instructors attend an intensive training pro- 
gram when starting out as Instructors, as well as at- 
tending refresher training programs after becoming 

The lengUi of training varies from a half hour to 240 
hours, depending on the subject being discussed and the 
number of students involved. Although Instructors at 
MTC have a varied backgroimd, the one subject com- 
mon to all is vehicle maintenance. 

The training center provides trainees with every 
opportunity for the most thorough, practical and up to 
date training possible. 

Frank Holton, Jr., rail instructor, demon- 
strates a point on rail car repair through the 
use of a mock-up. 

Bus Instructor James Austin, right, conducts 
a class on the mechanics and techniques of 
air conditioner compression for buses. 



Above: Students learn by doing in this bay 
at the Lawndale IVIaintenance Training center. 
Two buses in need of repair await the arrival 
of new trainees. 

Left: While most MTC instruction is an 
'on-the-job situation', there are some class- 
room sessions as evidenced by these students 
in a class on rear door wiring. 

JANUARY, 1981 


Holiday parties spread joy throughout system 

An "epidemic"' of holiday joy broke 
out in the garages, terminals, and de- 
partments of the CTA. 

The only known treatment for this 
happy condition is a total participation 
by the "afflicted" persons in the plan- 
ning, preparation, or enjoyment of a 
holiday party. 

Even after taking part in a holiday 
party, recovery from exposure to 
holiday joy is never complete. The 
happy feeling manifests itself at birth- 
days, anniversaries. Mother's day. 
Father's day, and even on the Fourth 
of July. 

Sometimes a "victim" of holiday 
joy is gripped by a happy feeling for 
no apparent reason. That's when it's 
time for a party. 

Here are some examples of holiday 
parties held by CTA employees. 

The women drivers of 69th Street 
garage and other women employees 
prepared and served a Thanksgiving 
buffet to more than 500 persons on 
November 20 in the garage's train 
room. Their menu included eiglit 
turkeys with stuffing, four glazed hams, 
32 pounds of fried chicken, 25 pounds 
of sausage, plus sauerkraut, chitter- 
lings, sliced cold meats, mustard and 
turnip greens, green beans, potato 
salad, a variety of pies, cookies, and 

More than 350 persons attended a 
Christmas party in the train room of 
Lawndale garage on December 12, said 
Assistant Superintendent Clark L. 

Carter and a committee of 1 1 drivers 
prepared a southern style buffet 
featuring six turkeys with com bread 
dressing, five hams, collard and mustard 
greens, com bread, tossed salad, maca- 
roni and cheese, soft drinks, and coffee. 

Jenipher Finger (from left), supervisor, and bus drivers Jean Martin, Ruth Gill and Mary Williams, 
were among a number of women on the serving line at the fourth annual Thanksgiving buffet in 
69th Street garage on November 20 where more than 500 persons were served. 

Carter's culinary contribution to the 
party was his Louisiana Creole dressing 
made from a shrimp base. 

About 200 employees and their 
families of the North Park garage 
gathered in the Northwest Builders' 
Hall, 4848 N. Central ave., on Decem- 
ber 12 for a Christmas party starting 
at 8 p.m., said Assistant Superintendent 
Jack Hester. 

The family-style dinner featured ham, 
chicken. Polish sausage and sauerkraut, 
vegetables, and dessert. 

Drivers Cecil Eichelberger and William 
Beene spun records on a phonograph 
and three men and three women 

drivers gave a fashion show. The party 
was planned by a committee headed 
by drivers Homer Reed and Frank 
Koziol, both board members of Local 
24 1 . Door prizes also were awarded. 

About 115 members of Archer 
garage had a December 18 Christmas 
party starting at noon in the train 
room. A committee of eight headed 
by driver James Carson prepared and 
served a buffet of four turkeys, two 
hams, 40 chickens, vegetables, 20 
pounds of Polish sausage with sauer- 
kraut, Hawaiian salad, shrimp salad, 
soft drinks, and coffee. 

Archer garage employees at December 18 Christmas party are (from 
left) James Carson, Virginia Enriquez, Josie Harris, Ruth Atkins, Luvina 

Allen, Vera Smith, Gloria Richmond, Florinda Orcasitas, Mary Frazier, 
and Frances Smith. 



Employees at Beverly garage observed the 
Christmas season in gourmet fashion at their 
party. Waiting to dish out mounds of tasty 
food which they prepared for the occasion 
are (from left) Lois Fuqua, Gloria Matticx, 
Patricia Kennedy, Valray Mcintosh, Maxine 
Holt, Thelma Moore, Linda Downing, and 
Dellaree Blackwell. 

Bus operator Milton Lee takes time out of his busy schedule to make 
his way through the buffet line at Archer garage and enjoy a Christmas 

Sharing the good time as he refreshes himself at the beverage fountain 
is bus operator John Pendleton. 

Everybody enjoyed themselves, even this 
little tot - - as evidenced by that look of 

Ladies on the serving line at Beverly garage made sure each person had an ample serving as em- 
ployees celebrated the Yuletide season in grand style. 

JANUARY, 1981 


So you think you're 
a good bus driver- 
but are you CTA's best? 

Now you have a chance to prove just how good you are 
because the CTA is going to have its own Bus Roadeo, and 
the winner wUl be CTA's entrant in the International Bus 
Roadeo sponsored by the American Public Transit Associa- 
tion (APTA). 

Endorsing the CTA Bus Roadeo, General Operations 
Manager Harold H. Geissenheimer commented, "The Roadeo 
is a worthwhile addition to CTA's ongoing support of pro- 
grams which develop pride among our operating employees 
and demonstrate their liigh performance standards to the 

Roadeo schedule 

From Feb. 9 to Feb. 23. bus drivers can request Roadeo 
entry forms from their garage superintendents. 

From March 15 to March 21, written tests will be ad- 
ministered to qualified applicants. 

Beginning the weekend of April 4, Roadeos will be held 
for each garage on Saturdays and Sundays, except Easter 
Sunday, April 19. These Roadeos will include uniform 
inspection, pre-puUout check quiz, and driving competition. 
Winners from each garage will then compete against other 
garages in area competitions during July. 

During August or September, the CTA Bus Roadeo will 
be held, and the 20 finalists from the area will compete for 
the honor of being CTA's best bus driver and entrant in the 
APTA International Bus Roadeo. 


The following prizes will be awarded at the final CTA 
Bus Roadeo: 

The 1st place winner will receive a trophy and an all- 
expenses paid four-day, three night trip for two to Toronto, 

The 2nd place winner will receive a trophy and a $500.00 
U.S. Savings Bond, and will take the place of the winner if 
the winner is not available for the International Bus Roadeo. 

The 3rd place winner will receive a trophy and a $200.00 
U.S. Savings Bond. 

The 4th place winner wUl receive a trophy and a $100.00 
U.S. Savings Bond. 

The twenty winners of area competition wUl each receive 
a pair of dinner-theatre tickets. Additionally, these twenty 
winners will each receive a CTA Bus Roadeo commemorative 
belt buckle. 

The 120 winners of the garage level competition will each 
receive a pair of motion picture theatre tickets, in addition 
to Special Recognition certificates. 

The 1st place winner at each of the 10 garages will re- 
ceive a First Place Winner - Garage trophy. 

Who may enter 

The CTA Bus Roadeo is open to any full-time permanent 
bus operator who; 

• had at least two years continuous service as of the date 
of entry 

• worked as a bus operator during at least eleven (11) of 
the twelve (12) months preceding date of contest entry 

• worked as a bus operator a minimum of two hundred 
(200) days during the twelve (12) months preceding 
date of contest entry 


• has a valid 'C or 'D' drivers license 

• has a work record that meets the following eligibility 

Eligibility criteria 

In addition to the points listed under 'Who may enter,' to 
be accepted as a contestant, the individual must during the 
twelve (12) months preceding date of entry have had : 

• no chargeable accidents. 

• no suspensions. 

• no chargeable passenger complaints. 

• no uniform violations. 

• no railroad crossing violations. 

• no more than two (2) FULL misses. 

• no more than two (2) sick entries. 

• no more than seven (7) minor violations. 


Any entrant who does not continue to meet the eligibility 
criteria during the life of this contest shall be automatically 

Tlie Eligibility Subcommittee of tlie CTA Roadeo Com- 
mittee will handle any inquiry regarding eligibility. 

Volunteers needed 

All non-operafing CTA employees are encouraged to 
volunteer as judges or scorekeepers at various CTA Bus 
Roadeo events. Approximately fifteen (15) judges will be 
needed for each event. Representatives from government 
agencies will judge the final competition (e.g., Chicago 
Police Department, Secretary of State, etc.). 

For more information 

Watch your bulletin board for CTA Roadeo posters and 
CTA Transit News for Roadeo news. 



Pioneers elect 
1981 officers 

The CTA Pioneers Retirement 
Organization named Maynard 
(Pinky) Moran as its president at 
the Pioneers' combined Christmas 
party-5th anniversary luncheon 
meeting on December 9 in the 
Golden Flame restaurant, Nagle 
avenue and Higgins road. 

More than 500 persons attend- 
ed the program. Moran said it 
was the Pioneers' largest gather- 

In addition to Moran, George 
May was named 1st vice-president, 
Myles Harrington, 2nd vice-pres- 
ident, Warren Scholl, secretary, 
and Walter Steinbeiss, treasurer. 

The Pioneers honored two past 
presidents for their work in build- 
ing the organization. They are 
Frank Laske, the first president, 
and William Pinasco, the second 
president. Each received an en- 
graved plaque. 

The Pioneers meet the second 
Tuesday of each month at 12:30 
p.m. in the Golden Flame Restau- 
rant. Their Ladies Day parties 
in 1981 will be held on February 
10- Valentine's day; May 12- Moth- 
er's day; September 8-Back to 
School; and December 8- Christmas 

New officers of CTA Pioneers for 1981 are (from left), Walter Steinbeiss, treasurer; Warren Scholl, 
secretary; IVIaynard (Pinl<v) Moran, president; George IVIay, Istvice-president, and IVIyles Harrington, 
2nd vice-president. 

Frank Laske (second from left), and William Pinasco (second from right), past presidents of CTA 
Pioneers received engraved plaques honoring them for their outstanding service. Ben Tausch, 
former A.T.U. Local 241 board member (at far left) and President-elect Maynard (Pinky) Moran 
(at far right) congratulate award recipients. 

Mrs.. Delores Duff, a utility clerk in the 
Purchasing department. Materials Manage- 
ment, died Tuesday, December 16, 1980, at 
Roseland Community hospital following a 
brief illness. She was 43. 

A CTA employee since April 7, 1975, she 
was the wife of Norwood Duff, a veteran CTA 
employee in the Administrative Services unit. 
Management Services department. During her 
brief CTA career Mrs. Duff's smile exempli- 
fied the caring, love, friendship, and respect 
which she held for everyone she encountered. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by two 
daughters, Debora Anne and Ellenore Michelle. 

Percy L. Passmore, 59, an RTA travel 
information agent, died Tuesday, December 
23, 1980, at the Chicago Osteopathic hospital 
after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Passmore, of Carbondale, joined the 
CTA in 1954 as a bus operator and was 
assigned to the 69th Street garage. The 
veteran employee became a CTA telephone 
switchboard operator in 1966 and subse- 
quently joined the travel center. 

He is survived by two sons and a daughter. 

JANUARY, 1981 



William Schweitzer 

Frank Zeiger (left). Assistant Superintendent, Beverly 
garage, and William Schweitzer, Superintendent, Beverly 
garage, at retirement dinner party honoring Schweitzer. 
About 130 co-workers and friends attended the December 5 
event in the Sabre Room Restaurant, Hickory Hills. 

Schweitzer, 62, ended his 34-year career in public transit. 

Among the gifts he received were a wrist watch, a U. S. 
Savings Bond, and cash. 

Schweitzer and his wife, Eva, will continue to live in their 
South Holland home during his retirement. 

Charles Drozda 

Charles Drozda, 62 (right), transfer clerk. Operations Plan- 
ning department, was feted by about 100 friends and co- 
workers at a retirement open house in his honor December 
18. Stephen Legler (left), director. Routes and Systems 
section, presented Drozda with a gold pocket watch and 
chain from all of his friends. Drozda also received a cash 
gift. He ended a 38-year career in public transit in December 
and he and his wife. Marge, plan to do some traveling and 
keep their home for now in suburban Hodgkins. 

Joseph Trosper 

Walter Garbo 


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Joseph Trosper (right), rail supervisor, receives farewell 
handshake from Carl Bradley, towerman, at the December 19 
retirement party for Trosper in the Englewood terminal 
train room. Trosper, 64, ended his 39-year career in public 
transit. About 30 persons attended the party where Trosper 
received a cash gift from co-workers and friends. He and 
his wife, Viola, are planning to move from the Marquette 
Park area to Rockford, III. 

Walter Garbo (second from left), rail supervisor. Linden 
terminal, gets farewell handshake from Michael LaVelle, 
Director of Service, Transportation Department. Garbo, 62, 
ended his 42-year career in public transit at a party in the 
Linden terminal train room on December 18, attended by 
approximately 75 persons. Joining Garbo and LaVelle at 
the informal farewell ceremony are Vernon Burgess (right 
of Garbo), assistant north district superintendent, and 
Arthur Johnson, north district superintendent. Garbo re- 
ceived a cash gift and citation of appreciation from friends 
and co-workers. He and his wife, Virginia, have moved from 
Skokie to San Diego, Cal. 



Manny Wenger Joseph Daugird 

Manny Wenger (left), 64, Assistant Superintendent, and 
Joseph Daugird, 62, Terminal Board Supervisor, both of the 
Transportation Department's Far North District, cut a cake 
honoring their retirements. About 100 persons attended the 
open house party honoring the men in the Forest Glen garage 
lunchroom on December 23. Wenger was a bus controller 
in the control center for many years. He ends a 33-year 
career. Daugird served 34 years in public transit. Friends 
and co-workers gave Daugird a cash gift while Wenger re- 
ceived a U.S. Savings Bond. Wenger and his wife, Florence, 
plan to move to Effingham, III., from their northwest side 
home. Daugird and his wife, Lottie, plan to continue living 
in their northwest side home. 

Oliver Johnson 

Oliver Johnson, 59, (right) and James Blaa, Manager, Trans- 
portation Department, at December 23 retirement party for 
Johnson, Superintendent, Utility Section, who ended his 
39-year career in public transit. About 150 persons attended 
the party in the Utility Section's office in West Shops where 
Johnson received an engraved gold pocket watch with gold 
chain and a cash gift from friends and co-workers. He and 
his wife, Ruth, will stay in their northwest side home and 
do some traveling. 

Julia Willem Waters 

Henry Ziolkowski 

Julie Willem Waters, 66, Seniority Clerk, Transportation De- 
partment, ended her 33-year career with the CTA at a Decem- 
ber 30 open house retirement party in the Transportation 
Department's central office. She is joined in this picture 
by Edward Mitchell, Director, Support Services. About 100 
persons attended the party where she received gifts of 
clothing and cash from her friends and co-workers. She and 
her husband, Daniel, live in the Edison Park community. 

William Moser (left). Superintendent, Far North area, and 
Henry Ziolkowski, assistant superintendent bid farewell at 
Ziolkowski's retirement. Ziolkowski, 57, ended 35 years of 
CTA service and was the recipient of a cash gift from co- 
workers at an informal retirement party at Forest Glen 
garage. He and his wife, Mary, plan to move from their 
northwest side home to Sun City, Ariz. 

JANUARY, 1981 



Edward Hess 

Edward Hess, project controller in Grant Programming, be- 
came that department's first retiree, January 1, after 44 years 
of CTA service. 

He began his career at West Shops with the Chicago 
Surface Lines, one of CTA's predecessor companies, in 1936. 
Hess' retirement was observed with a luncheon, December 16, 
at the M&M Club in the Merchandise Mart. Approximately 
40 persons attended the event. 

Ronald Luczak, manager. Grant Programming, Henry 
Luebeck and Jim Blanchard presented Hess with several 
gifts of merchandise. 

Worthy Mattox 


Worthy Mattox (left), 63, traffic supervisor, receives retire- 
ment papers from Ludwig Scheuerle, district superintendent, 
at a December 23 open house in the South Rail District 
office, Randolph and Wells. About 50 persons attended the 
party where Mattox ended his 25-year career with the CTA. 
He received a cash gift from the South Rail District. Mattox 
and his wife, Annie, plan to continue living in their home in 
the Lawndale community. 

Beatrice Susman 

Henry Zych Edward Witek 

Alvin Rohde 

Beatrice Susman, unit supervisor for office procedures and 
budget, Skokie Shop, accepts cash gift from co-workers 
presented by James Pankonen (right), director. Vehicle 
Maintenance. Robert Flowers, superintendent, Skokie Shop, 
joins informal ceremony. Party for Miss Susman was held 
December 10 in Skokie Shop for more than 80 persons. She 
ended her 27-year career with the CTA and has moved from 
DesPlaines to Cape Coral, Fla. In addition to cash. Miss 
Susman received other gifts. 

Feted at retirement party in North Avenue garage December 
18 were Henry Zych (left), 59, with 38 years service; Edward 
Witek (center), 61, with 35 years service; and Alvin Rohde, 
56, with 33 years service. About 85 persons attended the 
party to honor Zych, chief clerk, and Witek and Rohde, both 
clerks. Friends and co-workers gave the men initialed gold 
pocket watches with gold chains and cash gifts. Arthur 
Tabel, garage superintendent, made the presentations. Zych 
and his wife, Tessie, plan to remain in their northwest side 
home; Witek and his wife, Lillian, plan to leave their home 
in Villa Park for retirement in Arkansas. Rohde plans to 
leave his northwest side home to retire in Elkhorn, Wis. 



David Fisher 

David Fisher, 62, (light colored suit) receives gifts from 
William O'Brien (right), acting superintendent. Security, 
at Fisher's November 21 retirement party in the Blue Island 
garage. Joining the informal ceremony are Fisher's wife, 
Edwina, and Raleight Mathis, manager. Security. Fisher, a 
utility clerk, completed 23 years service. He received a 
digital clock radio and a cash gift from his friends and co- 
workers at the party that attracted about 70 persons. Fisher 
and his wife live in the South Shore area and plan to do 
some traveling during his retirement. 

Lawrence Miller 

Lawrence Miller (left), 55, station clerk at Forest Glen 
garage, is congratulated upon his retirement after 35 years 
of CTA service by Hugh Masterson, superintendent at Forest 
Glen. Miller received a cash gift from co-workers at an 
informal party marking the occasion. He and his wife, lola, 
plan to move from their home in Kildeer, near Lake Zurich, 
to New Port Ritchie, Fla. 

Walter Barbour 

Peter Cleary 

John Wojnicki 

Archer garage bus servicers Peter Cleary (left), 64, and John 
Wojnicki (far right), 62, with James Byrne, day foreman. 
Archer repair shop at December 31 retirement open house 
in Archer garage. More than 35 persons attended. Also 
honored at the open house was Walter Barbour (left photo), 
57, 'B' electrician. Cleary had 32 years service while Wojnicki 

and Barbour each had 30 years service with the CTA. Each 
of the honorees received a cash gift from their friends and 
co-workers. Cleary and his wife, Eileen; Wojnicki and his 
wife, Clara, and Barbour and his wife, Alvina, plan to spend 
their retirement in their homes on the southwest side. 

JANUARY, 1981 


ranks of the re- 
tired on Jan. 1 
were the five em- 
ployees pictured 
here who had 40 
or more years of 
service each with 
CTA and its prede- 
cessor companies. 


ANTHONY T. ANTHONY, Electrical Worker, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 3-27-50 
GEORGE J. ARENDT, Electrical Worker, 

Skokie Shop. Emp. 10-24-47 
ROBERT J. ARENDT, Electrical Worker, 

South Shops, Emp. 12-28-42 

South Shops. Emp. 3-30-46 
JAMES BATUPS, Operator, 

52nd Street, Emp. 12-26-50 
ANDREW S. BEDOE, Shopman I, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 10-10-47 

Forest Glen. Emp. 9-1746 
JOSEPH BILLIS, Schedule Maker, 

Schedules, Emp. 4-25-47 
ARCHIE BRAGG, Yard Foreman, 

Jefferson Park. Emp. 12-20-49 
CHESTER J. BUJNOWSKL Electrical Foreman, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 9-2046 
JAMES E. CASEY, Bus Repairer, 

69th Street, Emp. 9-24-51 
SALVATORE R. CICERO, Machinist Foreman, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 10-18-41 
PETER CLEARY, Bus Cleaner, 

Archer. Emp. 1-20-48 

77th Street, Emp. 9-22-47 
FRANK CROUSE, Carpenter, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 5-21-42 
JULIUS W. DAIN, Supt. Methods/Standards, 

South Shops, Emp. 24-37 
LUCAS L. DANIELE, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 4-146 
JOSEPH J. DAUGIRD, Supervisor, 

District D, Emp. 5-2546 

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40 Years 

44 Years 

CARL DE WINE, Conductor, 

North Section, Emp. 3-540 

West Shops, Emp. 8-1345 
CHARLES A. DROZDA, Transfer Clerk, 

Operations Planning, Emp. 1 2-1242 
ROY W. ERICKSON, Conductor, 

Kimball, Emp. 11-6-45 

Lawndale, Emp. 3-16-53 
MARCUS J. FIORE, Motorman, 

Forest Park, Emp. 8-1541 
GEORGE J. GACEK, Bus Repairer, 

69th Street, Emp. 8-2247 
WALTER T. GARBO, Supervisor, 

North Section, Emp. 2-1942 
JOHN R. GOUDIE, Bus Repairer, 

77th Street, Emp. 6446 
RUSSELL GROD, Collector. 

77th Street, Emp. 7-948 
HOWARD J. HALVERSON, Bus Repairman, 

North Park, Emp. 6-1247 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-1948 
JOHN HENNELLY. Car Repairer, 

Kimball Shop, Emp. 3-10-50 
EDWIN A. HESS, Project Controller, 

Grant Programming, Emp. 3-5-36 
ROY F. HORNING, Operator, 
69th Street, Emp. 1-1643 
ALLEN H. JACKSON, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 4-24-51 

North Avenue, Emp. 12-748 
FRANK B. JENKINS, Assignment Qerk, 

Security, Emp. 5-348 
OLIVER W. JOHNSON, Superintendent, 

West Shops, Emp. 4-941 

77th Street, Emp. 1-2947 

Anyone can build a giant TV screen for less than $200 
says Morris Burda, a CTA retiree who makes his home in 
Daytona Beach, Fla. Burda, holding son Adam, says 
video games and tapes may also be enhanced by connect- 

Volume 34 

Published for employees and retir^ 

by the External Affairs Division. J^ 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa. Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Vabush 
Produced by the Administrative Services'! 
Charles T. Zanin, Director, 
Distributed free of charge to all active and r 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago 
Illinois 60664. 

ing them to a stereo or high fidelity component. He's 
willing to share his know-how just for the asking, and 
urges CTAers to write him for information at 719-B So. 
Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Fla. 32014. The former 
ticket agent. West section, retired in 1975 after 23 years 
of service. 


43 Years 43 Years 


West Shops, Emp. 6-2948 
JAMES JONES, Carpenter, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 9-22-52 
JOE A. JONES. Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 4-8-57 
JOHN R. KALINOWSKI, Bus & Truck Spec, 

South Shops, Emp. 10-2447 

Douglas, Emp. 3-1842 

Desplaines. Emp. 6-2244 

52nd Street, Emp. 8-1843 
JAMES LAMONT, Electrical Maint., 

South Shops, Emp. 6-16-37 
WILLIAM J. LEMKE, Operator, 

ForestGlen, Emp. 8-1941 
JOHN R. MAHONEY, Box Puller, 

Beverly, Emp. 9-646 
WORTHY B. MATTOX, Supervisor, 

South Section, Emp. 10-27-55 
JOSEPH J. MAURO, Bricklayer, 

West Shops, Emp. 8-3-50 
LUTHER C. MC GEE, Operator, 

52nd Street, Emp. 1-2545 
WALTER J. MC KAY. Car Repairman, 

Linden Shop, Emp. 9-3047 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-846 
ADAM M. MODELSKI, Towerman, 

61st Street, Emp. 1-2242 
RAYMOND MOSK, Box Puller, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 6-2347 
EDWARD A. MROZEK, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 7-1248 
JOHN NOGA, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 5448 
NATHAN C. ODOM, Janitor, 

West Shops, Emp. 9-10-53 

Archer, Emp. 5-1942 

North Park, Emp. 10-2543 
JOHN A. O'MALLEY, Car Servicer, 

Linden Shop, Emp. 10-20-69 
EDWARD PALA, Bus Reparer, 

77th Street, Emp. 3-1947 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-2146 

77th Street, Emp. 9-28-50 
DENNIS PIERCE, Engine Washer, 

69th Street, Emp. 10-3147 
WALTER C. POST, Asst. Foreman, 

South Shops, Emp. 6-2446 
WALTER PROSEN, Superintendent, 

Archer, Emp. 6-2046 
ROBERT C. QUETSCHKE, Ind. Safety Anal., 

Transportation, Emp. 4-141 

West Shops, Emp. 5-14-37 

North Avenue, Emp. 1-2147 



ANTON C. RIGLER, Lineman, 

West Shops, Emp. 4-646 
MICHAEL ROCHE, Bus/Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Emp. 2-25-50 
JOSEPH J. ROSSIE, Supervisor, 

Central District, Emp. 2-547 
WALTER L. ROWIN. Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 3-3-53 
EUGENE S. RYMKE, Technician, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 6-23-36 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1 1-23-45 
WILLIAM A. SCHWEITZER, Superintendent, 

Beverly, Emp. 3-21-46 
FRANK A. SIPICH, Chauffeur, 

UtiUty, Emp. 11-8-41 
JACKSON D. SMITH JR., Collector. 

77th Street, Emp. 2-7-47 
ANTON SONJU, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 4-14-50 
ROGER O. STEELE, Operator 

North Avenue, Emp. 6-12-46 
FRANK W. STOLARZ, Carpenter Foreman, 

South Shops, Emp. 7-2442 
BEATRICE SUSMAN, Unit Supervisor, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 3-4-53 
HAROLD TAIT, Electric Worker A, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 2-242 

WILBUR G. THEISE, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 9-16-53 
BONITA R. THOMPSON, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 5-12-71 
JOSEPH R. TROSPER, Supervisor, 

61st Street, Emp. 2-1942 
GEORGE H. WARD, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 2-24-48 
PAUL M. WARD, Janitor, 

West Shops. Emp. 5-1848 
ERWIN K. WEICHMANN, Foreman/Axle, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 8-1 1-47 
MANNY WENGER. Asst. Superintendent, 

ForstGlen, Emp. 1-648 
OWEN WHITE, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 1 1-14-50 

77th Street, Emp. 12-946 

Transportation, Emp. 5-547 
HORACE A. WILLS, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 11-2-53 

Forst Glen, Emp. 1-1546 

North Avenue, Emp. 8-2145 

69th Street, Emp. 9-645 

JOHN B. WOJNICKI, Bus Servicer, 

Archer, Emp. 11-13-50 
EDWARD J. YOUNG, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 8-14-41 
STEPHEN J, ZAHORA, Stock Clerk I, 

Stores South, Emp. 3-22-54 

Forest Glen, Emp. 12-2947 
HENRY W. ZYCH, Chief Clerk, 

North Avenue, Emp. 4-22-43 


JOE L. BOGAN, Collector, 

North Avenue, Emp. 8-17-67 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 2-24-55 

95th Street, Emp. 8-27-56 
WESLEY M, MORRIS, Unit Supervisor, 

North Avenue, Emp. 34-57 

South Section, Emp. 4-22-70 
THOMAS D. SULZER, Supervisor I, 

Security, Emp. 2-6-61 

iint iviE]nyEOR,i^A.nvE 

EDMUND BELL, 59, North Avenue, 

Emp. 12-2-54, Died 12-3-80 
WILLIAM E. CERKAN, 64, Limits, 

Emp. 1-2044, Died 10-31-80 
PETER E. CONRATHS, 83, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-30-15, Died 11-21-80 

Emp. 6-25-46, Died 11-1-80 
CARROLL COOPER, 39, 69th Street, 

Emp. 11-5-73, Died 12-8-80 

Emp. 4-23-29, Died 11-21-80 
CHARLES P. DONAHUE, 84, West Section, 

Emp. 6-25-25, Died 11-12-80 
DELORES DUFF, 43, Materials Management, 

Emp. 4-7-75, Died 12-16-80 
OARY ELLIOTT, 60, South Shops, 

Emp. 11-20-50, Died 11-16-80 
ANTHONY J. GLOSA, 81, Transportation, 

Emp. 4-19-23, Died 11-11-80 

THOMAS GORDON, 79, 77th Street, 

Emp. 9-10-42, Died 
CARL D. GUSTAFSON, 74, North Section, 

Emp. 10-2045, Died 1 1-13-80 
ARTHUR P. HANSEL, 73, Electrical, 

Emp. 3-18-30, Died 11-12-80 
ROY R. HARNISH, 85, Transportation, 

Emp. 2-21-29, Died 11-5-80 
LESTER INSTONE, 83, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-25-23, Died 11-15-80 
LEONARD T. JOLLY, 7 1 , 69th Street, 

Emp. 7-2646, Died 11-10-80 
EDWARD KRATZKE, 70, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-1 142, Died 11-21-80 
GEORGE KUENSTLE,66, Transportation, 

Emp. 12-2845, Died 10-28-80 
OLIVER M. LANG, 72, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 1-8-49, Died 11-22-80 
ALBERT W. MASULIS, 68, North Avenue, 

Emp. 2-1-39, Died 11-13-80 
CARSON B. MATHEWS, 62, Beverly, 

Emp. 10-31-47, Died 11-23-80 
FRANK NARINO, 60, West Section, 

Emp. 8-9-78, Died 11-30-80 

ARTHUR L. OLDHAM, 78, Transportation 

Emp. 6-24-37, Died 1 1-6-80 
THOMAS J. ROGERS, 85, 69th Street, 

Emp. 12-14-26, Died 11-15-80 
CLARENCE J. SCHULTZ, 64, Maintenance, 

Emp. 5-147, Died 11-14-80 
SAMUEL A. SERENO, 88, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 7-2341, Died 11-13-80 
THOMAS J. SHEEHY, 76, North Avenue, 

Emp. 6-27-28, Died 11-9-80 
NORMAN SHILVOCK, 74, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 1-19-45, Died 11-4-80 
ZBIGNIEW SIKORA, 56, South Shops, 

Emp. 4-1-68, Died 12-3-80 
GEORGE W. SINGER, 74, Limits, 

Emp, 3-1-23, Died 11-27-80 
ANTHONY VIRGILIO, 65, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 2-26-60, Died 11-27-80 
JOSEPH P. WILCYNSKI, 64, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-1442, Died 11-22-80 

Emp. 5-1 1-09, Died 11-1-80 
STEVE ZITTMAN, 71, South Shops, 

Emp. 8-642, Died 11-1-80 

in January 


Marjorie M. Organ 


35 years 

30 years 

John J. Hennessy 


Harry G. Asher, Jefferson Park 
Frank Bonk, Electrical 
Ward H, Chamberlain, Near South 
Joseph L. Connors, Security 
Joseph DeMarco, Skokie Shop 
Farrell E. Gallagher, 69th Street 
Johnnie L. Henderson, 61st Street 
Donald J. Karl, Beverly 
Francis C. Leguire, District A 
Joseph L. Markos, Jefferson Park 
Edward F. IVIizerocki, Wilson Shop 
John J. Mornar, Central Counting 
Joseph F. Motyka, Forest Glen 
Thomas J. O'Connor, Kedzie 
Sterling A. Onan, North Park 
Terence P. Regan, North Avenue 
Ronald D. Roy, District C 
Thomas M, Schwartz, Ashland/95th 
Charles F. Semen, Electrical 
Dale E. Somsel, North Park 
Arthur C, Tabel, North Avenue 
John Tertz Jr., Forest Glen 

George R. Derose, North Avenue 
Joseph A. Fano, Skokie Shop 
Ruth F. Havlik, Operations Planning 
James H, Irwin, Lawndale 
Leon T. Leroy Jr., 52nd Street 
Stanley J. Lupina, Utility 
Dennis J. O'Leary, South Shops 
Thomas G. Popek, Engineering 
Charles D. Rowell, Lawndale 
Bert Steward, Racine Shop 
William J. Teufel, Utility 

25 years 

Edward W. Burnitz, Forest Glen 
Frank J. Connolly, North Park 
Albert L. Godbold, Electrical 
Edward J. Levy, 77th Street 
Melvin Lindsey Jr., 77th Street 
Herman F. Miles, Control Center 
Mezell L. Williams, Maintenance 

JANUARY, 1981 


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Vision care enrollment period extended 

The initial enrollment period for the Vision Care 
Plan, the latest fringe benefit for CTA employees and 
dependents, has been extended to February 28, 1981. 

The extended enrollment is offered to reach em- 
ployees who may have missed an earlier opportunity 
to sign up. The coverage is retroactive to June 1, 

Under the plan, a portion of all expenses will be 
defrayed for eye examinations conducted by a regis- 
tered physician or optometrist of the patient's choice, 
as well as a portion of the cost for lenses and frames 
which may be prescribed. 

The individual employee's share of the premium 
cost is less than $0.50 per month, less than $2.00 per 
month for an entire family, and is handled through 
payroll deduction. The employee's small out-of- 
pocket share is made possible because the CTA is 

paying 50 per cent of the individual employee's pre- 
mium from Jvme 1 through December 31, 1980, and 75 
per cent of this cost beginning January 1, 1981, the 
CTA Insurance department announced. 

The plan calls for the employee to pay all of the 
premium for dependents. Employees are being en- 
couraged to participate in this new program recom- 
mended under the CTA' s benefits package. The pro- 
gram is being administered by Vision Health Manage- 
ment Systems, Inc. 

Detailed information on the Vision Care Plan, as 
well as payroll deduction cards, will be provided 
through department supervisors for each enrollee. 
Additional information on the new benefit plan is also 
available by calling the Insurance department's Vision 
Care Hot Line at 661-1592. 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 

EVANSTON, IL - 60201 


l^-l r-^^^ 


Owen Terry 

James O. Hannah 

CTA employees perform acts of gallantry 

Acts of gallantry are frequent among CTA per- 
sonnel as exemplified by the recent heroic deeds of 
two employees. 

Bus Operator Owen Terry of the North Park garage, 
has been credited with the January 28 rescue of a 
woman who was being attacked by a man in a parking 
lot along Kimball avenue, 

Teriy said he was northbound on Kimball when he 
heard a woman screaming. "A guy had this lady down 
on the ground in the parking lot. I knew I had to save 
her," Terry said. "There is just too much of that going 

He stopped his bus in mid-block, and he ran toward 
the man who had grabbed liie lady by the throat and was 
punching her in the face. The assailant fled, but Terry 
cornered him in the parking lot and, with the aid of his 
haK dozen passenge r s , held the man until police arrived . 

In another act of heroism occurring January 22, the 
alertness of Rail Janitor James O. Hannah at the 
Lake/Randolph mezzanine in the Washington station of 
the State street subway where he was working, brought 
quick relief for a woman who was accosted by a purse 
snatcher, as well as the immediate arrest of a suspect. 

Rushing to respond to the woman' s call for help, 
Hannah saw a man running up the stairs with her 
purse. He chased the suspected purse snatcher, 
cornered him in a nearby alley, and made him hand 
over the woman's purse and the wallet which he had 
removed from the purse. 

Hannah then escorted the man out of the alley to 
State street where police took him into custody. 

Both employees have been recommended for com- 
mendations for their heroic deeds. 

Mechanic Ray Kura, bus engine overhaul section. South 
Shops, rebuilds a used cylinder head for its return to operating 
for another estimated 250,000 miles. New program in section 
has boosted output of repaired engines. For full story and more 
pictures, turn to page 8. 




Chairman's report 

Engineers Week, 
APIA Affairs, 

As engineers across the nation observed the 30th 
anniversary of National Engineers Week February 22- 
28, various technological innovations which, since 
1947, have enabled CTA to forge ahead in the transit 
industry, are good reasons for us to give special rec- 
ognition to our CTA engineers. 

Engineers employed by CTA over the years have 
worked steadily to make mass transportation more 
efficient. Continuous improvement of service to the 
public has always been our mission. In this regard, 
the efforts of our engineers continue to benefit us. 

We applaud them for their success and appreciate 
their role in this great partnership which we all share 
in providing good public transportation for Chicagoans. 

It was in this same spirit that we met in Washing- 
ton in January with the American Public Transit As- 
sociaticm Governmental Affairs committee, where as 
vice president, I presided. 

Our purpose was to regroup the 1981 legislative 
committee and to activate various subcommittees, 
which will develop position papers for programs of 
special interest to the transportation industry for pre- 
sentation to the Congress. 

The subcommittee formed will develop statements 
for APTA on rail systems, procurement, federal al- 
locattons, federal procedure, elderly and handicapped 
transportation, bus systems, bus system-small/urban- 
rural. These subcommittees will report to the full 
committee, March 9, at APTA's annual legislative 
conference in Washington. 

It was our pleasure, during this visit to Washington, 
to meet with the Urban Mass Transportation Ad- 
ministrator designate, Arthur E. Teel, Jr. He as- 
sured us that, "the greatest potential for saving money 
and reducing oil imports may be achieved through 
public transportation's ability to provide alternate 
transportation choices for work trips." 

We appreciate Mr. Teel' s candor, and look forward 
to other opportunities to work with him as we con- 
tinue to develop successful transportation programs 
for the 80s. 

It is my fervent belief that we will succeed as we 
work together. 


Volunteer judges 
needed for Bus 
Roadeo events 

Non-operating CTA employees are being asked to 
participate as judges in the CTA Bus Roadeo events 
which will begin the weekend of April 4, The Roadeo 
will be held for each garage on Saturdays and Sun- 
days, except Easter Sunday, April 19. 

The events will include uniform inspection pre- 
pullout check quiz, and driving competition. Winners 
from each garage wdll then compete against each other 
in area competitions during the month of July. 

Management, professional and other non-operating 
personnel wishing to volvuiteer as judges for these 
events should contact Lonnie Hill in the training 
center at 477-1369, or 549-1540. Volimteers may 
also call Bill Mooney in the Merchandise Mart at 
ext. 4132. 


City House - - 

Home Improvement Fair 

Chicago's popular City House — Home Improve- 
ment Fair, will be held March 27 through 29 in Mc- 
Cormick Place West (Donnelley Hall), 23rd street and 
King drive. 

More than 50,000 persons are e:^ected to attend 
this year's event at the fair's new site where about 
400 exhibitors will have displays and "how to" demon- 

Bob Vila, star of WTTW-Channel 11' s This Old 
House TV series, and Clem Labine, editor of the 
Old-House Journal and old house restoration com- 
mentator on WBBM radio, will be among the featured 
personalities at the tiiree-day fair. 

On Friday (Preview Day), March 27, the fair will 
be open from noon to 9 p.m. Admission on Friday 
will be $2o 

On Saturday, March 28, the hours will be from 
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29, the fair 
runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission on Saturday 
and Sunday will be $3. Senior citizens (over age 65) 
and children under 12 will be admitted free on all 
three days. 

A $1 discoimt admission coupon will be available 
at many hardware and home improvement stores. 

"The City House Fair," Labine told his Old-House 
Journal readers, "is the only restoration show with 
national significance. The exhibits are devoted to 
restoration and sensitive rehabilitation. Although 
many of the exhibits are from the Chicago area, many 
other exhibitors are companies that sell nationally." 

City House is sponsored by the City of Chicago and 
is presented by the city's Department of Housing and 
the Commission on Chicago Historical and Architec- 
tural Landmarks. 

In addition to commercial and noncommercial 

View of aisle of home improvement idea displays in City House, home 
improvement fair. (Photo Courtesy of City House) 

craftsmen and fabricators, there will be displays by 
financial institutions and real estate firms, preserva- 
tion organizations, neighborhood, city, state, and 
federal agencies. 

Persons attending the fair will be asked to submit 
names of persons or organizations they think have 
done a significant home remodeling or renovation 
project in the last 12 months, said Edward T. Jeske, 
director of City House. Photographs of the work done 
should accompany each application. 

Entrants will be judged later and an awards cere- 
mony will beheld this summer. Jeske said the contest 
will be open imtil May 31. 

This discount coupon will allow the 
bearer $1 off the regular admission price 
of $3 to patrons of City House, the 
home improvement fair at McCormIck 
Place West set for March 27-29, 1981 . 




McCormick Place West - Donnelley Hall 
MARCH 27-29, 1981 


FRIDAY Noon to 9 p.m. 
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


SAVE $1.00 



E*resented by the Department of Housing and the 
Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks 


34 receive certificates as bus service instructors 

Bus Service instruction re- 
ceived a major boost in manpower 
January 13 when one of the largest 
groups of instructors in CTA his- 
tory graduated after completing an 
88-hour training program. 

Thirty-four former bus drivers 
who later served as line instruc- 
tors or supervisors, accepted 
their training certificates at cere- 
monies in the CTA board room, in- 
cluding the first two women to 
qualify for bus instruction posi- 
tions. They will be involved not 
only in training new drivers, but 
also in observing or retraining 
current drivers whose bus handl- 
ing techniques are monitored at 
least twice a year. 

Addressing the first bus in- 
structor graduates in three years. 
General Operations Manager Har- 
old Geissenheimer said, "The 
public's expectation of service has 
increased recently, due mainly to 
fare increases, and in the era 
we're now in, action tends to stand 
out. You have an obligation now to 
do something for your friends, 
neighbors, and relatives in train- 
ii^ new drivers on how to serve 
our riders." 

Ed Mitchell, director, Support 
Services, urged the graduates, "If 
you need help, don't hesitate to call 
on others." Regarding the pos- 
sibility of further advancement in 
their CTA careers he added, 'We'll 
take you as far as your potential 
will take you." 

Graduating with the highest 
marks in the class was Timothy 
Graves, who said, "This is my 
second time around. I didn't make 
it the first time, but then I went 
back and tried to study hard enough 
so I wouldn't have to take it again. 
I got a lot of encouragement from 
my wife. 

"The idea of helping people 
seemed to be the emphasis all 
through the training period. I 
think this will make me better able 
to be of service to the drivers. I 
feel I can make a difference on the 
street because of the way I've been 

Milton Holland, who joined CTA 

Displaying graduation certificates are (left to right) Robert Newman, Aaron Crockett Jr., Lydia 
Lewis, and Everett IVIcBride, shown here with instructor Arthur Bennett (right). 

Gathered around instructor Charles Hodges (second from right) are bus instructor graduates (left 
to right) William Reese, Lawrence Robinson, James Washington, Curtis McEwen, and 
Gary Wallace Jr. 

Taking part in graduation day festivities were (left to right) instructor Joseph Lasinski and gradu- 
ates Wayne Williams, Willie Otis, James Cruthird, and Timothy Graves. 

in 1975 after graduating from 
Grinnell College, in Iowa, said his 
instructor training helped him be- 
come more knowledgeable of the 
company and its functions. "I 
don't want to miss an5d;hlng. I see 

this as a natural progression to- 
ward management. It' s what I was 
hoping for when I started. 

"Fm eager to learn and accept 
the challenges before me. The 
training has given me confidence 


Instructor Nathaniel Payne (right) looks 
approvingly at bus instructor graduates (left 
to right) Ellice Marshall, Ben Jeffries, Lawrin 
Riles, Willie McFall, and Efrain Malave. 

Instructor John McClain (third from right) 
shares graduation limelight with (left to right) 
Milton Rolland, Edward Willis, Tom Elerby Jr., 
James Robinson, and Brantley Handspike. 

that I can compete successfully 
and make decisions. It has also 
helped me understand why some 
rules and regulations I had to fol- 
low as a driver were necessary." 

Lydia Lewis, one of the first 
two female instructor graduates, 
said, "Beii^ aline instructor in the 
supervisoiy pool, I did my best to 
help the drivers through. After 
completing this training, I feel I 
can be of more help to them. I 
also have empathy for the older 
passengers and will be able to pass 
that on to (he drivers. I think I'm 
going to enjoy this as much as 
being a supervisor. I still enjoy 

Efrain Malave, who has been 
with the CTA 5^ years, said, "I 
wanted the company to get better 
benefit from me and to provide 
more for my family. Being able 
to step in front of a class and in- 
struct students and prepare pre- 
sentations is not easy. But in 
working with new and older opera- 
tors and finding out what they need 
to learn through line riding, I 
figure I can really help them out." 

According to graduate William 
Nash, "Completing this course has 
given me a more positive aim as 
an individual. I feel I am more 
qualified now to do a better job for 
the company. I'd like to enter the 
m/p intern program next. I think 
anyone going into management 
should get into this program first 
so they can understand pro- 

Relaxing after the graduation speechmaking are (left to right) instructor Nathaniel Payne and 
graduates Jesse Burns, James White, William Nash, Walter Young, and Edward Watkins. 

All smiles after graduation ceremony are (left to right) Mostafa Poustinchian, McKlnley Palmer, 
Alfred Pierce, Allen Summerset, and John Hafford, posing with instructor Arthur Bennett. 


Lawrence Hart (North Avenue 
Garage) was praised by Edward 
Staniszewski, of North Natchez 
Avenue, in a letter that was 
signed by seven other riders on 
Hart's #86 North/Narragansett 
bus. "This gentleman is an 
exceptional bus driver due to the 
fact that he is very polite, cour- 
teous, and respectful toward 
young and old alike. He makes 
the ride of all his passengers 
relaxed and enjoyable. Rain or 
shine, everyone is greeted with a 
'Good morning.' It seems like 
he is always on schedule, there- 
fore, never leaves anyone behind. 
He should be commended for a 
job well done." 

Blanca Torres (Forest Glen Gar- 
age) "really is a sweet lady," 
according to Regina Kleman, of 
Roscoe Street, who Is a frequent 
rider on her #78 Montrose bus. 
"She is very courteous and 
really knows her route. She also 
calls the street names and helps 
older people get on the bus. One 
Sunday she did a magnificent 
job of telling three riders to stop 
smoking. When she used her 
good manners and common 
sense talking to them, they ac- 
cepted the fact they were com- 
miting a violation and got off 
the bus peacefully. She is an 
excellent driver, and what I like 
most is that she always curbs 
the bus." 

commendation corner 

Roger Steele (North Avenue Garage) was commended by 
Danny Velazquez, of Cambridge Avenue, for being "a good, 
courteous, and friendly driver" on the #77 Belmont route. 
"At 7 o'clock in the morning he is always cheerful, bright, 
and ever accommodating to his hurried passengers. Just his 
smile and overall attitude help us riders begin our day with a 
pleasant feeling toward our fellow human beings. It was 
with great loss and disappointment that 1 heard Mr. Steele is 
soon to retire. His kind attitude and smile will be greatly 
missed by all of us who have become so accustomed to his 
fine service. God bless him in many years of retirement." 

Wilhe Wilkes (North Park Garage) was the driver of a 
#151 Sheridan bus that Catherine Watson, of Riverside, took 
on her way to Union Station. "I wish to commend driver 
#4370 for the courtesies he extended to the passengers. 
Even more important, in my estimation, was the way he 
handled the bus. At no time did he show impatience with 
pedestrians and other drivers. As he approached an inter- 
section he made sure he could clear it on the green light 
before proceeding. He waved other bus drivers ahead of him 
away from the curb so they could get into the flow of 
traffic. I consider him outstanding." 

Joseph Gale (Forest Glen Garage) was thanked by Ger- 
trude Bhtstein, of North Mozart Street, for his courtesy while 
driving a #84 Peterson bus. "What a wonderful way to start 
a new day! Driver #8690 is by far one of the most courteous 
and pleasant individuals I have ever had the privilege of 
riding with. His smUe as one boards the bus says, 'What can 
I do to make your day a Uttle more pleasant?' and the 
courtesy he extends to his passengers is exemplary and- 
should be copied by other drivers. The other passengers 
agree with me and we do our best to ride with him whenever 
possible. He gets our vote for 'Driver of the Year!' " 

Sergio Candelaria (Limits Garage) did "a fine job" driving 
a #151 Sheridan bus that was ridden by C. Hilliard, who 
maintains a box at the Loop Post Office. "In all the heavy 
crowds on State Street and the extra traffic on Michigan 
Avenue, he was consistently courteous, helpful, and pleasant 
to all. He answered many questions and gave clear directions 

to a number of bewildered passengers, and he did this aU in 
a manner that reassured them and made them feel com- 
fortable. And with all this, he still operated his bus so as to 
give his passengers a smooth ride. It was a pleasure to ride 
with him." 

Wendell Talbert (North Park Garage) was appreciated by 
Dr. Phillip Nieburg, of the Washington, D.C., Department of 
Human Services, who rode his #11 Lincoln bus while on a 
business trip to Chicago. "He renewed my faith in bus driv- 
ers. He smiled, was polite to all passengers, was especially 
courteous with the elderly passengers (including waiting 
patiently), and took pains to warn them about the dangers 
of other vehicles when stepping off the bus. I do extensive 
traveling around the United States and spend a lot of time 
on pubUc vehicles. This driver is clearly a credit to CTA and 
the City of Chicago." 

Jeremiah Ballard (69th Street Garage) was described as 
"an extremely courteous and pleasant young man" by 
Vema Leathers, of St. Lawrence Avenue, who was a rider 
on his #9 Ashland bus. "When he reached an intersection 
where another bus line crossed, he looked very carefully to 
make sure that passengers alighting from other buses could 
make the connection with his bus. I was most impressed 
with his alertness and unfailing courtesy. I might add that 
each passenger he helped was very courteous in thanking 
him. Can you believe it? It was a very pleasant ride that 
cold morning, and he was responsible for it." 

Lawren Stanfill (West Section), ticket agent at Oak Park 
on the Lake/Dan Ryan route, caught the attention of Joan 
Adamson, of Oak Park, for her courtesy to riders. "WhUe 
waiting to pay my fare, an elderly lady ahead of me was 
trying to get to Chicago Reed Hospital. She apparently 
had gotten the wrong information previously. The agent 
said she would call Travel Information and find out for the 
lady. When she gave the lady directions, she wrote them 
down and even gave her a map with the bus number circled. 
When the lady thanked her, she said, 'That's alright, miss. 
That's what I'm here for.' " 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other qperating employees receiving commenda- 
tions recently were: 

Elvin Boone, 77th Street; Dwayne Borom and John 
Brugess, both of Limits; and Junior Broadbent, North 

Jean Cage, Limits; John Cameron, Ashland Termi- 
nal; Ramon Clark, Forest Glen; Ray Clark, Lawndale; 
and Oracle Curtis, 69th Street. 

Robert Dluger, Noiiii Park; James Doss, 77th 
Street; and Michael Doss, Forest Glen. 

John Eason and Raphael Emery, both of North Park. 

Granville Fields, 69th Street; Willie Fitzpatrick, 
North Park; Roberto Flores, North Avenue; and Paul 
Franks, 77th Street. 

Hugo Galvez and Leonard Gibbs m, both of North 
Park; Wallacene Good, Forest Glen; and Howard 
Green, Beverly. 

Niki Hansen, Forest Glen; Willie Harmon and Ed- 
ward Head Jr., both of 77th Street; Sandalio Hechavar- 
ria. North Park; Janice Henderson and Howard Hill, 
both of 69th Street; and Charles HoUey, Beverly. 

Jackqueline Jackson, Lawndale. 

Martin Kane, Howard/Kimball; Hosseinali Khalvati, 
North Park; Denis Kippes, Limits; George Knox, 
Lawndale; and John Kurinec, Forest Glen. 

David Lewis, North Park; and OrvanLyles, Archer. 

Sherman Martin, Kermit Mitchell Jr., and Richard 
Moore, all of North Avenue; Daniel Martin and Thomas 
Meagher, both of Forest Glen; Angel Martinez, Edgar 
Mollinedo, and Nelson Morales, all of North Park; 
Alan Mathis, West Section; and Hugh McGhee, Limits. 

George Neal, North Park; Gerald Nelson, 77th 
Street; and Hector Nieves, Forest Glen. 

Harold Pierce Sr. and Reinhard Poetz, both of 
Forest Glen; and Donnell Prater, Limits. 

Leonard Quinlan, North Park. 

Vema Reed and Pablo Rosario, both of Limits; 
Jesus Rivera, North Park; and Felix Rodriguez, For- 
est Glen. 

Burt Schwartz and Ralph Strickland, both of Forest 
Glen; Pablo Silva and Lopaz Swain, both of Limits; 
Joseph Slaughter and Richard Snyder, both of North 
Park; Salvador Soto and Ronald Stefinsky, both of 
Archer; Helen Steams, 77th Street; and Edward Sul- 
livan, Beverly. 

Charles Talley, Archer. 

Billy Walker, Forest Glen; eleven Wardlow and 
Hazel Warren, Limits; Harvey White, 69th Street; and 
Patricia Williams, North Park. 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen. 

Frank Zanazaro, Forest Glen; and Joseph Zuker- 
man. North Park. 


Donald Budoff has been 
appointed superintendent, 
Storerooms, Materials Man- 
agement. Budoff joined 
CIA in 1957 as a file 
clerk in Job Classification. 
In 1959 he became ad- 
dressograph operator. 

Stores, and a year later, 
stock clerk in the same 
section. Budoff was chosen 
supervisor of Storerooms, 
Materials Management, in 
1974. He and his wife, 
Karon, have two daughters 
and a son, and make their 
home in Lockport. 

Linda Bremer, former 
secretarial stenographer. 
Public Affairs, has been named executive secretary/supervisor, 
reporting to the manager of the External Affairs Division. 

In other job reassignments, five former management/pro- 
fessional interns have been selected assistant superintendents 
in the Transportation Department. Johnny HoUfield is now 
assistant superintendent. Service, while, in Personnel, Mary 
Beth Cobleigh and Michael Sanchez have been assigned Far 
North; RosaUo Garcia, Near North; and Charlene McFadden, 
Near South. 

Also new as assistant superintendent is Eugene Hill, for- 
mer supervisory chauffeur, UtUity, who was promoted with- 
in the same section. Recently named m/p interns in Trans- 

portation were Walter Thomas, former driver. Forest Glen; 
James Daugherty, former rail instructor; and Aaron Hender- 
son, former bus service supervisor. 

In Security, George Garland, former personnel investigator, 
has been appointed unit supervisor, Personnel Investigations. 

In Financial Services/Internal Auditing, Marcelo Reyes 
has been promoted from field audit clerk to internal auditor, 
while in Budget, Emmet Gonder has been reassigned from 
financial analyst to senior budget analyst. Louise Muhr, 
former accounts payable clerk, Financial Services, is now 
statistical analyst. Materials Management. 

Now serving as special projects analysts, Materials Manage- 
ment - Stores, are Henry Farley, former stock clerk in the 
same section, and Charles Ripke, former procurement analyst. 
Procurement. Also in Procurement, Edward Hosty Jr. 
has moved from procurement analyst to buyer. 

Patrick Hastings, former conductor. West Section,' has 
become yard foreman in the same section. Three former 
bus repairers have been selected relief garage foremen. In 
their new Vehicle Maintenance positions, Norman Whiten- 
hQl and Randall Dunaj remain at 77th Street and North 
Park, respectively, while Henry Gauthier moves from Beverly 
to Archer. 

Also in Vehicle Maintenance, John Ruddle, former bus 
repairer. North Avenue, has been chosen resident instruc- 
tor, Tire Repair, and John Ward, former bus servicer, Forest 
Glen, has become bus repairer. Various. Two former drivers 
at North Park have been selected laborers: John Eason at 
Skokie Shop, and William Robinson at South Shops. 

Calvin Conner, former driver, Beverly, is now unit ex- 
change clerk. South Shops, while, in Financial Services - 
Payroll, Phyllis Shields has been reassigned from payroll 
clerk to payroll relief clerk. Michele Hawkins, former clerk. 
Human Resources - Medical, has been selected suggestion 
records clerk. Job Classification. 


The finished product is ready for another round of service. Checldng 
it out are (left to right), Rudy Goode, foreman; Nick Simonetti, unit 

Engine rebuild 
production up 100% 

Nick Simonetti, unit supervisor of the engine re- 
build section at South Shops, seems to have mastered 
the art of getting the most out of people. 

Since November, production in the engine rebuild 
section has increased 100 per cent without having to 
add personnel. 

When bus engine failures reached epidemic propor- 
tions late last year, outside engine repair shops were 
contracted to help with the workload as CTA mechanics 
struggled to keep pace with demands. However, the 
best efforts to get ahead of the problem failed, and 
Simonetti, with the support of Frank Venezia, the de- 
partment's superintendent, went on the attack„ 

A time and motion study was conducted, and when 
all the facts were compiled, the engine rebuild shop 
was closed for two months while Simonetti and Venezia 

"We found that our mechanics were using a lot of 
wasted motion by sometimes having to leave their 
work areas to get replacement parts or tools to com- 
plete a project. This would slow down the work flow," 
Simonetti said. 

To eliminate the problem, Simonetti ordered modi- 

supervisor; Franl< Venezia, superintendent, and Walter Street, shop 

fied engine stands, part carts, and part wagons for 
each of the six work stations. He assigned an ex- 
pediter to keep the carts and the wagons filled with 
the nuts, bolts, washers, screws and other parapherna- 
lia, as well as the major replacement parts and tools 

Valve refacing is done by Stanley Chudoba. 


Applying his skills to work on the cylinder head assembly is John James. 

Mechanics Walter Wheeler (left), and Leslie Ballard are busy getting 
the gear train sub unit assembly in order. 

"We don't want themechajiics to have to leave their 
area unnecessarily. We want them to have all of the 
COTiveniences so that they can get the job done," 
Simonetti said. 

An engine is returned to the shop for an overhaul 
approximately every 250,000 miles, he said. The 
process begins with a check list which each mechanic 
follows as the big V-8 engine arrives at his work lo- 

Simonetti explained that each mechanic gets a dif- 
ferent engine eveiy four hours, which means each 

worker will see two engines per day. Jobs in the shop 
are switched around frequently to avoid monotony 
among the shop creWo Since the rebuild shop re- 
opened its doors in November, its 25 mechanics have 
overhauled more than 100 bus engines which have been 
returned to service. 

"We have had 100 per cent cooperation from the 
foreman, the shop leader, and the entire crew," said 
Simonetti. "This is what it takes to get the job done. 
We are very proud of what is being accomplished as we 
continue to catch up with production demands," he said. 

Vince Roofe begins the engine overhaul process at station 1 in the 
Engine Rebuild section at South Shops. 

V-8 bus engines are locked onto modified engine stands for easy access. 
Syed Qadri, mechanic at station 4 in the Rebuild section, accomplishes 
his part of the job with ease. 


Ron Baker elected 
president ITDA 

Ron Baker, superin- 
tendent. Operations 
Training, Training/De- 
velopment Programs, 
Human Resources de- 
partment, has been elect- 
ed president of the Illinois 
Training & Development 
Association (TTDA). With 
a membership of over 
800, the association is 
the second largest chapter 
of the nationwide Ameri- 
can Society for Training 
& Development, a pro- 
fessional group of train- 
ing and development 
practitioners and directors. 

The purpose of the ITDA is to contribute to a better 
utilization of human ability and potential in business, 
industry and government. In his new position. Baker's 
objectives for 1981 are improving the association's 
bi-monthly newsletter, bringing allied groups in the 
trainingfleld closer together, and working to standard- 
ize training techniques in the profession. 

Baker joined CTA in 1964 after working three sum- 
mers as a temporary driver at North Avenue. Before 
entering management training he served in operating, 
supervisory, and management positions in both bus 
and rail operations. 

Auditor is named 
to NABA office 

Janice 'Jae' Rowell, 
an auditor assigned to the 
CTA Internal Auditing 
depailment, has been 
named corresponding 

secretary of the National 
Association of Black Ac- 
countants, Inc., Chicago 
Chapter. She is also a 
member of their scholar- 
ship committee. 

The National Associa- 
tion of Black Accountants, 
Inc. was founded in New 
York in 1969 to promote 
the training and develop- 
ment of minorities in ac- 
counting. Its purposes are to encourage minorities to 
pursue careers in accounting, to provide assistance 
and education for its members, and to serve as a 
vehicle to career opportunities. 

Ms. Rowell, a member of NABA for three years, 
said that her goal is to see that more rainorities be- 
come aware of the organization, and that its member- 
ship and scholarship fund increase. 

Ms. Rowell holds a bachelor of science degree in 
accounting from Southern Illinois University, and has 
partially completed examinations to qualify as a 
certified public accountant. A native of Chicago, she 
joined the CTA in June, 1980. 



Change of Address 

for Transit News 

Beginning with the March, 1981, issue of Transit 
News, all magazines mailed to employees will be 
addressed by computer, using the address that 
appears on your W-2 Income Tax Form. If you 
do not receive your March issue, you must submit 
(CTA Form 8431) which is available from your 
department head at your work location. 

Veterans note: 

Lapsed insurance 
policies do not 
earn dividends 

A recent aimouncement from the Veterans Ad- 
mdnistration says the VA does not pay dividends 
on lapsed insurance policies. 

A dividend hoax being circulated by various 
organizations including some veterans groups, 
promises that veterans of World War II may col- 
lect a dividend based on their service even If they 
have not kept their policies in force. 

However, the VA emphasizes that veterans are 
being misinformed. Official looking forms are 
being distributed and signed by a non-existent VA 
official. Questions should be directed to the 
Veterans Administration, 536 S. Clark Street, 
Chicago, or call 353-4076. 



Our lives are studded with milestones and markers signi- 
fying places in time where something significant happened 
to us. Of all the markers we use, none is repeated more 
often than the last stroke of midnight on December 31- -the 
end of one year which we know and the start of another 
of which we know nothing but hope. 

A group of CTA employees gave Transit News their most 
important accomplishments in 1980 - - significant markers 
to them. 

Labor Day weekend was a great time for J. M. Driver, rail 
janitor foreman. "I enjoyed a delightful time with many 
friends and my classmates at the reunion of the 1954 grad- 
uates of Liberty High School in Etta, Miss. We had a great 
time at a dinner-dance in the Holiday Inn at Oxford, Miss., 
and again at a wonderful picnic. We shared stories of our 
experiences and accomplishments we had since we left 
high school." 

It took an accident with serious injuries on July 15 to 
help Mrs. Barbara Dixon, agent assignment office clerk, to 

convince her husband, Bill, to give up his motorcycle in 
1980. "He loved riding his motorcycle, even though his 
hobby filled me with fears for his safety. After he recovered 
from his injuries he gave up his machine - - and I now have 
peace of mind for his well being." 

"The birth of our first son on May 2 changed my life in 
many ways," said Sergio Guifarro, bus driver. North Avenue 
garage. "Before his birth I was careless with money and 
somewhat disorganized. But now I have definite goals 
because of my great responsibility to provide the very best 

for him. And I feel like a new person since he was bom. 
Becoming a father was the greatest experience for me." 

Bus driver Tony Zenner of North Avenue garage said 
purchasing a burned-out building next to his home early 
last year was more significant than he reahzed at the time. 
"The price of this abandoned two flat was so attractive I 
couldn't resist a bargain. But it took a lot of hard work 
and money to rehabilitate the building. Looking back on 
my project, now rented to two families, I feel very satis- 
fied and I think all the work, money, and frustration were 
worth while." 

"I don't think I'll ever forget the delightful four-week 
auto trip through the midwest and west coast states and 
Canada. I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and took plenty 
of pictures," said Mollis Lewis Jr., bus driver. North Avenue 

Robert Adler, travel information agent, marked October 6 
as a major milestone in the lives of his family. "That was 
the day we moved into our own home - - our first home. 
It's on the Northwest Side." 

January 7 was move-in-day for bus driver Esteban Ueras 
of North Avenue garage. "After renting in Chicago for 1 1 
years, we saved enough money to buy a home on north 
Pulaski road. Buying and moving into our own home was 
the most fulfilling experience I had in 1980." 

Mrs. Beverly J. Catherine, payables utility clerk, Financial 
Services/Operations, said, "The most exhilarating thing that 
has happened to me this year is my renewed faith in Christ. 
This has been made possible through my spiritual experience 
with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Through my 
revelation in God, I have become a more loving, compassion- 
ate and understanding human being, and I have been able 
to endure my challenges at CTA. For each day here is truly 
a beginning to a new avenue of life's unexpected demands." 

Determination nets BA degree 
for working mother 

Nothing good was 
ever accomplished 

without enthusiasm 

which is the genius of 
sincerity, a fact well 
knovra to Juanita Fields, 
training coordinator, 
Training / Development 
section, Human Re- 
sources department. 

Ms, Fields sub- 
merged herself last 
year in the pursuit of a 
Bachelor of Arts de- 
gree in Applied Behav- 
iorial Science from the 
National College of Edu- 
cation in Evanston. Through her determination and 
readiness to apply herself to her work and her studies. 

Juanita earned her degree and was graduated with 

Subsequently, she advanced to her present job from 
the office of Management Services where she worked 
as equipment clerk. 

The successful pursuit of her bachelors degree 
began in 1970, two years after joining the CTA as 
a ticket agent. It was then that she completed the high 
school GED and enrolled at Malcolm X College where 
she earned an Associate of Arts degree and was in- 
spired to enter the National College of Education, 

Looking back on her struggle, Juanita said, "It took 
me 10 years to reach my goal because there were so 
many difficult periods. I had to cope with the respon- 
sibilities of raising two small children as well as ro- 
tating shifts which sometimes conflicted with class- 
room schedules, but it was worth every minute of it." 

Noting that she is very pleased v/ith her work, 
Juanita said she wants to enhance her skills further 
by pursuing a masters degree, but plans to enjoy some 
leisure before returning to school. 

"Now, I'm going to enjoy my family and a few pas- 
times such as bowling, teimis, swimming and bike rid- 
ing for a while," she said. 


Second group to complete an eight-week Material Handling and Ware- 
housing course sponsored by Materials Management Department in- 
clude (from left), Eugene Magad, course instructor; John Williams, 
laborer. West Shops; Lester Speights, stock clerk. South Shops; 
Donaldson Thompson, Laborer, Lower Yard; Sam Ellis, order control 
derk. Merchandise Mart; Walter Griffin, stock clerk. South Shops; 
William Cantwell, laborer. West Shops; David Knoerr, stock derk, 
Skokie Shop; William Tucker, stock clerk. South Shops; James 
McMahon, stock clerk, Skokie Shop; Michael Reynolds, stock clerk. 

South Shops; William Blinstrub, order control clerk. Merchandise 
Mart; Oliver Green, stock clerk. South Shops; Edward Hosty, procure- 
ment analyst. South Shops, and John Perry Jones, stock derk. Mer- 
chandise Mart. The department's 120 members are scheduled to take 
the course conducted by Eugene Magad and Associates, consultants 
to the warehousing industry. Ed Deles, unit supervisor. Records and 
Training, Materials Management Department, is coordinator for the 

Petty Officer Second Class Joseph V. Beenn, the son of CTA bus opera- 
tor Angel Beenn, Archer garage, was recently graduated with honors 
from the Great Lakes Naval Training center and is assigned to the 
Communications school, San Diego, Calif., where he is in training as a 
radioman. Another son, Michael, was honorably discharged from the 
Navy last month after four years of service. 








Irma N. Muniz (CTA Pension section), and her husband, Juan, obser- 
ved the first anniversary of the birth of their son, Alexander Silverheart 
Muniz, November 27, 1980. The occasion was marked by a birthday 
party attended by family and friends. 



Yesterday's dream, 
Tomorrow's greatness 

By W. B. Wolfan 

Coach Ray Meyer and his DePaul Blue Demons are 
one Chicago sports team that symbolizes the greatness 
of yesterday and the glory of the present. 

The Blue Demons represent collegiate basketball 
at its very best and this season is no exception. Skill, 
incentive and aggressive play are De Paul's trade- 
marks on the basketball court. 

The Blue Demons are what Chicago sports fans cry 
out for so desperately— a winner . 

DePaul will be right there when the NCAA title is 
decided at the end of the season. 

The Blue Demons will benefit from a setback or 
two. Sometimes that setback makes or breaks a ball 
club. Ray Meyer says that it often is a good thing be- 
cause overconfidence is destroyed and defeat is good 
for the soul. 

The Blue Demons are well equipped to be NCAA 

Terry Cummings and Teddy Grubbs have come 
along after a slow start. Cummings had an injured 
hand when the season got underway, but now his shoot- 
ing and rebounding are more than living up to expec- 

Skip Dillard and Clyde Bradshaw have been out- 
standing. Especially notable is Dillard's outside 
shooting. Grubbs' base line jvimp shots have given the 
opposition chronic headaches all season, and are 
definitely a big factor in DePaul' s versatile offense. 

But there is another principal reason in DePaul' s 
success that should not be overlooked. Coach Meyer 
can always turn loose his star forward, MarkAguirre, 
if the team shows a sluggish effort, which, of course, 
happens to all teams. 

Turning Aguirre loose is like exploding a guided 
missile. Early in the season, Mark yielded to Coach 
Meyer's wishes for greater teamplay, guarding his 
man and feeding liie ball to his teammates. This 
change in Aguirre' s basketball life style was rewarding 
to Coach Meyer although it meant a decrease in point 
scoring for the 21 -year old player. 

There is no question about it. If Aguirre goes on a 
scoring rampage, it fires up the entire team. Some- 
times it is absolutely necessary to instill such mo- 
mentum, and that is what makes victories possible. 
The pros will tell you that the team with the momen- 
tum comes home a winner most of the time. 

This year DePaul has excellent bench strength, 
particularly in Brett Burkholder and Bernard Randolph. 
As long as its first five remain healthy, however, 
DePaul cannot miss being a prime contender for the 
NCAA title, which in thelong run, is what really counts. 

Mark Aguirre 

(Photo courtesy DePaul University) 

Before the season began this reporter visited a 
DePaul practice session at Alumni Hall as the guest 
of Coach Meyer. This business of playing winning 
basketball is a serious one in DePaul workouts, and the 
67-year old Meyer brooks no loafing in those tightly 
orchestrated drills. It's an intensive workout that has 
no rest periods, and the observer is impressed with 
Meyer's method of handling the drills. The players 
work hard and the results show up at game time. A 
veteran coach told us long ago that "the fact that you 
have the horses doesn't always guarantee victory." 

Ray Meyer's tough coaching makes the difference 
for DePaul. There is no doubt about it. Ray knows 
how to get the best out of his players with inspirational 
leadership and many years of knowledge of every facet 
of basketball. He never lets up in instilling his play- 
ers with the incentive to go all-out for victory. 




Robert Quetschke 

Robert C. Quetschke, 61, industrial safety analyst 
in the Support Services section, Transportation de- 
partment, retired January 1 after 39 years of service. 

More than 150 persons honored Quetschke at a 
dinner given in his honor at Robert and Allen's Re- 
gency Inn. The occasion also marked the 38th wedding 
anniversary for Quetschke and his wife, June. 

Quetschke joined the Chicago Surface Lines, pred- 
ecessor to the CTA, on April 1, 1941, as a station 
clerk at Lincoln depot, a facility now used for storage 
by the City of Chicago. 

Following the outbreak of World War II, he was in- 
ducted into the U.S. Navy where he served imtil 1945. 
He then returned to the CSL to restime duties as a 
station relief clerk at Armitage and Division. In 1951 
he moved to the Transportation department's geneiral 
office as a clerk, and in 1961 he was named training 

He was later appointed assistant to the superin- 
tendent of operating stations, named manpower plan- 
ning budget analyst in 1974, and industrial safety 
analyst in 1977. 

The Quetschkes will retain their residence in 
suburban Norridge and will travel occasionally. 

Robert C. Quetschke, CTA industrial safety analyst, and his wife, 
June, as they appeared at a dinner January 16 honoring Quetschke 
upon his retirement after 39 years of service. The event also marked 
their 38th wedding anniversary. 

CTA retiree Russell Warnstedt displays his 
coin collection which took secqnd place at 
the recent Oak Park Coin Club show. Warn- 
stedt, president of the club, used the old 
street car photos on display here to draw 
attention to his bus token display. The for- 
mer CTA suggestion coordinator retired in 
1975 after 39 years of service. 

Keeping young in the sun, CTA retirees 
Daniel Browne (left) and Patrick Benton 
send word they would enjoy having friends 
write or stop by when they're in Tucson. 
Browne, 80, retired in 1965 after working 
at Armitage, 77th Street, 69th Street, and 
North Avenue. He likes exploring the Arizona 
deserts and mountains, and keeps in shape 
doing chin-ups. Benton, 86, retired in 1960 
from 77th Street, and is a champion shuffle- 
board player, with many trophies to his 
credit. Dan and his wife, Margaret, live next 
door to Pat and his wife, Edna, at Green 
Meadows, 1135 W. Prince Rd., Tucson, 
AZ 85705. 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Stahl celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary October 26, 1980. 
Family and friends attended a party in their 
honor at Glen Maker Hall, Chicago Ridge, 
III., where they reside. Stahl retired August 1, 
1975, after 32 years of CTA service which 
included assignments in the Transportation 
and Stores departments. 




of the retired on Feb- 
ruary 1 wasANTHONY 
B. GRABSKI who had 
more than 41 years of 
service with CTA and 
its predecessor com- 

WALTER T. BARBOUR, B Electrician, 

West Shops, Emp. 1-17-47 
ARDELL W. BLACK, Traffic Checker, 

Schedules, Emp. 4-10-46 
ALBERT A. DUCKETT, Car Repairer A, 

61st Street, Emp. 9-30-69 

Howard, Emp. 6-27-39 
LEONARD C. HESS, Superintendent, 

Grant Program & Adm., Emp. 11-13-72 

Archer, Emp. 4-25-57 
BENNIE J. JARMUS, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 8-29-47 
GEORGE J. KUBIN, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 12-7-53 
LEONARD R. MARX, Carpenter, 

West Shops, Emp. 12-20-66 
ROBERT J. MUELLER, Machinist Ldr., 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 4-16-47 

69th Street, Emp. 1-28-54 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-31-46 
ROBERT J. SALMEN Jr., Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 10-12-56 
BERT STEWARD, Car Servicer, 

Racine Shop, Emp. 1-22-51 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 1-12-43 


ERNESTINE M. HENKE, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 3-4-67 
EDWARD P. O'ROURKE, I.D. Coordinator, 

External Affairs, Emp. 6-25-51 
PAULA A. TURNER, Assignment Agent, 

Central Assignment, Emp. 6-21-72 


Volume 34 

Number 2 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H, Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leai, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Produced by the Administrative Services Unit, 
Charles T. Zanin, Director. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

JULIUS E. BARKLEY, 87, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-30-13, Died 12-18-80 
WILLIAM J. BOURKE, 8 I.Kimball, 

Emp. 11-3^3, Died 12-10-80 
HERBERT V. CALLAHAN, 80, North Sect., 

Emp. 3-23-34, Died 12-11-80 
MICHAEL CARR, 82, 69th Street, 

Emp. 9-19-36, Died 12-29-80 
RICHARD CAWLEY, 77. 69th Street, 

Emp. 10-18-27, Died 12-24-80 
NORA CRONIN, 74, Claims, 

Emp. 6-22-42, Died 12-18-80 
MARY DOYLE, 74, West Section, 

Emp. 3-13-45. Died 12-24-80 
EMIL DROBNEY, 66, Archer, 

Emp. 10-M5.Died 11-24-80 
URIEL DUKES. 55, Electrical, 

Emp. 2-10-72, Died 12-27-80 
CHARLES J. EARNSHAW, 88, South Sect., 

Emp. 2-22-24, Died 12-23-80 

Emp. 6-15-78, Died 1-9-81 
CHARLES HAYES, 69, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-2448. Died 12-17-80 
JOHN HOFFERT, 70. Electrical, 

Emp. 11-18-36, Died 12-30-80 
RAYMOND HORNBECK, 7 1 , Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-1 1-42. Died 12-16-80 
LONNIE JOHNSON, 52, Lawndale, 

Emp. 2-19-59, Died 1-7-81 
ROBERT JOHNSON, 85, Way & Struct., 

Emp. 9-17-30, Died 11-8-80 
JOHN KACHLIK, 80, Transportation, 

Emp. 12-15-42, Died 12-22-80 

Emp. 8-2-48. Died 12-28-80 
JOHN KIRBY, 85, Kedzie. 

Emp. 1-26-23. Died 12-28-80 

Emp. 11-18-42, Died 12-26-80 

PAUL LOCASSIO, 57, District C, 

Emp. 2-10-55, Died 12-23-80 
JAMES MARREN, 8 1 , Transportation, 

Emp. 3-6-24, Died 12-3-80 
DANIEL McGRORY, 88, West Section, 

Emp. 1-30-31, Died 12-31-80 
HELEN B. McGUlRK, 91, Transportation, 

Emp. 8-6-37, Died 12-20-80 
EUGENE METZ, 72, Limits, 

Emp. 8-31-36, Died 12-4-80 
WILLIAM MICHALIK. 77, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 11-2046, Died 12-30-80 
RAY NOAKES, 57, Schedules, 

Emp. 12445, Died 1-3-81 
JAMES NOONE, 76, Stores, 

Emp. 5442, Died 12-21-80 
PERCY PASSMORE, 59, Travel Info. Ctr., 

Emp. 6-10-54. Died 12-22-80 
PHILLIP PELUSO. 89, Maintenance, 

Emp. 4-24-20. Died 12-13-80 
ROBERT PRICE, 65, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 1-2747, Died 11-27-80 
JOSEPH PROCHNIAK, 75, West Section, 

Emp. 3-29-24, Died 12-19-80 
PETER REBECCA, 76, Lawndale, 

Emp. 9-342. Died 12-3-80 
JOHN RUSNAK. 70, Maintenance, 

Emp. 4-1343, Died 12-18-80 
JOHN SARES, 88. Forest Glen, 

Emp. 12-5-28, Died 12-8-80 
TONY SCARDINA, 69, Kedzie, 

Emp. 7-1447, Died 12-18-80 
ARTHUR TAGGART, 36, North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-14-70. Died 12-18-80 
ROBERT TAGGART, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-27-22. Died 12-7-80 
JOHN VIHANEK, 75, Maintenance, 

Emp. 5-21-23, Died 12-3-80 
JOSEPH WILL, 70, Beverly, 

Emp. 1-9-34, Died 12-15-80 
MICHAEL YEDINAK, 91 , South Shops, 

Fmp. 8-16-23, Died 12-2-80 

in February 

30 years 


James E. McCoy 

Real Estate 

35 years 

Richard Dickerson, 69th Street 
Charles V. Dugo, Electrical 
John HaIko Jr., 69th Street 
George G, Hatchett, Bus Service 
Patrick J. Kenny, Electrical 
Frank S. Lipinski, Forest Glen 
John T. McCrea, Instruction 
Stanley S. Michalec, Utility 
William P. Rafferty, South Shops 
John M. Thurow, Central Counting 
Frank R. Zampetti, Des Plaines 

25 years 

Valon A. Brown, Archer 
Otwa Clemens, 69th Street 
Clifford Coleman, Maintenance 

Stanley E, Brown, Forest Glen 
Horace C, Chatman, Beverly 
Wilbur C, Cooley, Ashland/95th 
Eugene Corker, South Shops 
Horace C. Crawford, Maintenance 
Michael A. Doll, Electrical 
Peter Duffy, Stores South 
Junius Echols, 77th Street 
Charles Edwards, Archer 
Walter Falls Jr„ 52nd Street 
Dalton J. Gilllland, Stores South 
William P. Hooper, Lawndale 
William J, Hunter, Forest Park 
McKinley Jackson, Maintenance 
John Levanovic, District B 
Lenro Lumpkin, 77th Street 
John J. McDermott, Skokie Shop 
Howard McMillan, Utility 
John C, Miller, Utility 
Arthur Mines Sr., Beverly 
Bryant H. Paxton, Skokie Shop 
William E. Payne, Ashland/95th 
Robert L. Poellnitz, Utility 
Samuel A. Pollock, Ashland/95th 
James W. Quinn, North Park 
Randolph G. Robinson, 77th Street 
Abraham Scarbrough, Bus Service 
Albert Silins, Kimball 
James W. Simmons, Ashland/95th 
James W. Sims, District A 
Earl P. Singleton, Ashland/95th 
Henry R. Stuba, Print Shop 
Donald W, Sparks, North Park 

Cleodis Foston, Archer 
Frank Goudeau, 69th Street 
Bartholomew F, Kantak, Instruction 
Sam Thomas, 69th Street 
Herbert Williams, 69th Street 



The first four of 300 rapid transit cars are to be delivered 
to the CTA by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, Pa., in 
the spring. 

These cars, ordered in 1978, have stainless steel bodies 
with a horizontal band of charcoal gray at window level. 
Under the gray will be two-inch bands of red, white, and 

While these cars will closely resemble the 2400 series 
Boeing cars, there will be two important new features. In 

150 of the cars, there will be a fold-up seat behind the 
motorman's cab to allow a wheel chair rider to be secured 
to the car. Also, the end door sills are shortened to discour- 
age persons from boarding and riding between cars. 

The new cars will be the 2600 series and each car will 
undergo 600 hours of testing in passenger service before 
they get the CTA's approval. The CTA has an option to 
order up to another 300 of the cars from the Budd 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO. 8021 


EV.VNSTON, IL 60?01 



Learning by doing 

South Shops volunteers 
help Explorer Scouts 

Thirty craftsmen at South Shops are volunteers in 
a special scouting program designed to give high 
school students a career awareness in four areas of 
special interest. 

Some 138 young men and women from various hi^ 
schools throughout the City of Chicago have joined 
Explorer Scout Post 9777, sponsored by the CTA. 

The scouts meet two hours at South Shops twice 
each month throughout the school year to learn skills 
in automotive mechanics, welding, electricity, and 
carpentry, and receive firsthand knowledge of their 
career choices as they participate in a project to build 
a miniature articulated bus. 

The committee organizing the project included 
Thomas Wolgemuth, manager of Maintenance, serving 
as project chairman; Frank Sprovieri, carpenter 
leader, advisor; and Willie Wong, unit supervisor of 
bus garages, management coordinator. Committee 
members are Frank Venezia, area superintendent, bus 
shops; and Dick Schneider, superintendent, automotive 

The body shapes up as pieces fall into place. 
CTA welder Fred Kerr (left, wearing glasses). 

Supervising the job is 

A scout tacks seat covering firmly in place with a helping hand from 
Bob Mandujano (left), upholsterer at South Shops. 



MARCH, 1981 

TOP: William Lewis, paint shop foreman (plaid shirt), directs his 
special attention to student working with silk screening as others 
observe. ABOVE LEFT: Last-minute adjustments are made on old 

Volunteers at South Shops participating as advisors 
are Fred Kerr and Robert McClelland, welders; Rob- 
ert Brown, Marshall Coleman, Harry HoUendoner, Al 
Zielinski, Henry Krob, William Miller, Bill Savarino, 
and Larry Hughey, carpenters. 

Other tradesmen volunteers are Casimir Noga and 
Marty Muraski, tinners; Jerry Walter, mechanic 

motor which will supply power for bus. ABOVE RIGHT: John 
Kurgan, upholstery foreman, is very cautious as he guides student in 
the use of a sewing machine during stitching of upholstery. 

foreman; Jake Weber, mechanic; Kenneth Brawner, 
machinist; Alfred L. Haas, unit supervisor, body 
shop; Robert Lee, field service engineer; Dan Badon, 
engineer; John Garner, electrician foreman; Don 
Freebairn, and Leon Griffin, electricians. 

Also volunteering their time with the scouts are 
John Kurgan, upholsterer foreman; Bob Mandujano, 


TOP: Learning to scrounge, scouts examine an old sweeper as they 
look for salvageable parts that may be used in the miniature articulated 
bus they will build. ABOVE LEFT: "This looks about right," aspiring 

and William Stallworth, upholsterers; William Lewis, 
paint shop foreman; James Haynie, Kenneth Pott, 
DeLord Hatcher, and John Seay, painters. 

The special scouting program is sponsored by the 
Chicago Area Council Exploring Division, Boy Scouts 
of America, working in cooperation with the Chicago 
Board of Education. Explorer Executive Robert 

young carpenters are assured by CTA mentor Bob Brown. ABOVE 
RIGHT: Step by step, scouts put miniature bus together. CTA's 
Marty Muraski (right), a tinner, watches as this trio cuts out frame. 

Battle m said students were recruited for the program 
through a career survey conducted throughout the 
city's high schools. The students were then invited 
by CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes to become mem- 
bers of the Career Exploring program based on their 
career preferences. 

MARCH, 1981 

Chairman's report 

We're proud 
of safest year 

If there has ever been a doubt that CTA operating 
personnel are among the finest in the nation, it was 
surely laid to rest by the report that 1980 was found 
to be the safest year in CTA history. 

Certainly we are not surprised by this report since 
we know that our drivers and trainmen constantly 
strive for perfection in the performance of their jobs. 
They also have been trained by some of the most ca- 
pable instructors in the transit industry — people who 
have come from the ranks, are experienced, and 
highly motivated. This puts Chicago in the forefront 
nationally in its safety profile. 

Although traffic and other conditions of travel are 
more challenging today than ever before, we have 
persevered to improve upon the tremendous record of 
low accident operation accomplished in 1976, our pre- 
vious safest year. 

This year, we have totaled in excess of 133 million 
miles of bus and rail operation with an accident fre- 
quency rate of only 5.7 per 100,000 miles, a decrease 
of 12 per cent from four years ago. 

This is even more gratifying when one considers 
that we netted a savings of $2 million in claims alone. 
The amount of money saved in potential workman's 
compensation is incalculable as are the savings netted 
in the cost of repair and replacement of CTA vehicles 
and other property. 

We have long recognized that safety is a primary 
COTicem of the riding public, and we want to make 
every effort to provide the public with continued as- 
surance that their welfare is our foremost concern. 
The attention devoted to safety by all of our people in 
the Transportation and Safety departments has been 

We are very proud of our 1980 record. It is proof 
positive that CTA employees are united as a team, 
concerned and dedicated to safety, and that we are 
continuing to pull together. 

CTA Board approves 
$15 monthly passes for 
elderly and handicapped 

The CTA Board recently approved a $15 discounted 
monthly pass for the elderly and handicapped riders 
to go on sale for the month of March. 

"We are pleased to offer our elderly and handi- 
capped riders a monthly pass for the first time that is 
good for unlimited riding," said Chairman Eugene M. 

The passes for the month of March were sold only 
at CTA bus garages and rapid transit terminal offices 
from Feb. 24 through Mar. 7, between 8 a.m. and 
6 p.m., and at the CTA's Cashier's office on the 
seventh floor (Room 7-160) of the Merchandise Mart 
Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

The passes will be sold at other locations in future 
months as arrangements are finalized. 

The elderly and handicapped will be reqmred to 
show the "Special Users" senior citizen and handi- 
capped identification card when purchasing the month- 
ly pass and each time the pass is used for riding a bus 
or rapid transit train. 

The CTA elderly and handicapped pass, as well as 
the $35 monthly pass, is good on any CTA bus or 
rapid transit train and on RTA suburban buses be- 
ginning March 1. 

the mail 

The Mobile Post Office Society 
is preparing monographs of all 
cities that had streetcar railway 
post offices, of which Chicago is 

If any of the oldtimers remem- 
ber schedules, dates of operation, 
contractors, routes, equipment 
and substations used by the old 
streetcars which carried mail, 
please contact Ray Fleming, a 
member of the society, by letter. 

Address your letter to Ray 
Fleming, CTA, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, P. O. Box 3555, Room 7-158, 
Chicago, IL 60654. Mr. Fleming 
will send acknowledgements. 



Norman Millies, signal main- 
tainer at West Shops who received 
$2,125 last year from the Em- 
ployee Suggestion Plan for devis- 
ing a method of rebuilding cab 
signal receiver coils for rapid 
transit cars, has earned an ad- 
ditional $1,000 from the Plan be- 
cause of intangible companywide 
benefits still being derived from 
his suggestion. Damaged or 
burned out coil vinits previously 
were discarded because it was 
thought they could not be recon- 
ditioned for reuse. 

Besides the cash awards, Mil- 
lies has received a plaque from 
the National Association of Sug- 
gestion Systems in nationwide 
recognition of his achievement. 
Millies, who will retire later this 
year, has been a CTA employee 
since 1941. 

Charles Small, electrical work- 
er at South Shops, has received a cash prize of $250 
for making a shift solenoid tester and general function 
tester to check shifting circuits on 1000, 7400, and 9000 
series buses. Anthony Citro, car repairer. Forest 
Park, earned $100 for developing a jack to install 
blower motors and shxmts into rapid transit cars. 

A cash award of $75 was given to Terry Bemero, 
electrical worker, Skokie Shop, for suggesting that 
CTA make its own wiring harnesses for 2400 series 
rapid transit cars rather than buy them. John Vidas, 
mechanic. South Shops, received $50 for devisuig a 
new procedure for installing control arm bushings into 
CTA autos, and an equal amount was earned by John 
Cannella, day foreman. Congress, for developing a 
frame to allow one man to install blower fan units 
safely into rapid transit cars. 

Over the past several months, the Suggestion Plan 
has distributed Honorable Mention cash awards of $10 
each to Richard Pytlewicz, system safety monitor. 
Safety; Lonester Cowens, rail service supervisor. 
Rail District South; Joan Lomax, central files co- 
ordinator, Forms/Records Management; and Amy 
Horn, travel information representative. Consumer 

Other $10 winners included Joe Howard, conductor, 
South Section; drivers Rudy Boffro (Forest Glen) and 
Phyllis McCoy (Lawndale); Daniel Hart and Michael 
Keele, electrical workers at Skokie and South Shops, 
respectively; Harold Haarz, bus repairer. Forest 
Glen, and Lawrence Jareckas, machinist. South Shops. 

Dianne Weier, varilypist. Forms Design, received 

A plaque from the National Association of Suggestion Systems was presented to Norman Millies 
(second from left), signal maintainer, West Shops, by Bill Piatt, director. Job Classification, Human 
Resources, at ceremony attended by Tom Wolgemuth (left), manager. Maintenance, and Ted 
Szewc, supervisor. Signal, Radio & Telephone Maintenance. 

Charles Small (left), electrical worker. South Shops, accepts a check 
for $250 from Frank Venezia, superintendent. Bus Shops, for his 
award-winning suggestion involving the development of a circuit tester 
for buses. 

$70 in cash for two Honorable Mentions in addition to 
one she was awarded earlier in 1980, while both Ken- 
neth Pott, painter at South Shops, and Russ Wamstedt, 
retired, each earned $45 for their first two Honorable 
Mentions of the year. William Wilson, night foreman. 
North Avenue, received a $20 safety award and an ad- 
ditional $35 for a second Honorable Mention. 

MARCH, 1981 


Phillip Davila (North Park garage) 
received a "salute" from Mrs. 
Victor Hirsch, of North Sheridan 
Road, who said it was "a pleasure 
to ride with him" on his #136 
Sheridan/LaSalle Express bus. 
"He Is a credit to the CTA. He 
Is a sensitive, polite, courteous 
man. Never offers any comment 
that wouldn't be suited to a 
gentleman. He Is prompt, and 
you could set your clock by his 
pickup. He brings his bus to 
the curb, and waits when he sees 
some elderly person coming to 
the bus. He always says, 'Be 
careful' and 'Have a good day.' " 

John Schoeps (North Section) 
was the conductor of a Ravens- 
wood train that Marie Franclscus, 
of Cornelia Avenue, took down- 
town from a crowded station at 
Southport. "On the train was 
a most pleasant, courteous and 
patient conductor. With the 
cold weather and grumpy riders, 
he had every reason to be the 
same. But he waited for the few 
stragglers running up the stairs 
and didn't dose the doors In 
their faces, and was most pleas- 
ant to everyone. More ex- 
periences like this would make It 
easier to accept the 80-cent 
fare. He Is to be congratulated." 

commendation corner 

Eldred Hall (North Park garage) was called "one of the 
kindest, most compassionate, alert, and hard-working bus 
operators in CTA service" by Louise (Goodrich, of South 
Oakley Avenue, who was a rider on his #49 Western bus. 
"He is exceptionally courteous and goes out of his way in 
the performance of his duties. One evening he assisted a 
blind passenger who had boarded the wrong bus. He curbed 
his bus and placed her in the right position to catch the bus 
she needed. This driver is truly an asset to your company. 
As a daily rider, it makes me feel good to know there is still 
concern for the rider." 

Samuel Lambert (77th Street garage) is the driver of a 
#28 Stony Island bus that Janis Jarvon, of Emerald Avenue, 
rides on Sundays. "He is always cheerful, and Ukes to 
brighten up passengers if they look like they're down. One 
day he really had to have patience due to the fact that the 
bus had gotten crowded, and there were two blind people 
who got on by mistake. When the driver got to 63rd Street, 
he put the blind people on a Drexel/Hyde Park bus, which I 
thought was very courteous of him. I am very glad to see 
the CTA pitch in and help." 

Henderson Williams (Forest Glen garage) was praised by 
Roman Kopec, of North Hermitage Avenue, for the way he 
handled riders on his #81 Lawrence bus. "He assisted an 
elderiy, handicapped lady aboard, and then very courteously 
requested a youngster to vacate the seat reserved for the 
elderly so she could sit down. He saw a teenager smoking 
in the rear of the bus and courteously asked him to put it 
out, which resulted in immediate compliance. When a group 
of Hispanic matrons boarding with pre-school children 
momentarily blocked exiting riders, he again controlled the 
situation, and no one lost their composure." 

Charles Roberts (North Park garage) caught the attention 
of Robert Limoges, of Wheeling, for his "exemplary conduct" 
while driving a #11 Lincoln bus. "He unfailingly shows a 
sincere concern for the safety, well-being, and convenience 
of his passengers. He will wait for those who are running for 

the bus from a side street, yet he manges to stay close to 
schedule. He also acts courteously toward other drivers on 
the street. His treatment of passengers is friendly and cour- 
teous, and is consistent regardless of the sex, age, or race of 
the person involved. He is an outstanding driver." 

Jean Cage (Limits garage) is "extraordinary" in the eyes 
of NataUe Styer, of Deerfield, who was a rider on her #36 
Broadway bus. "She is competent and dedicated to her 
job - - seeing that people who needed help were assisted, 
keeping her eyes open to every situation, etc. Thanks to her, 
my sister and I avoided a potential pickpocket whom she had 
her eyes on in the rearview mirror. She had us change our 
seats, although at the time we didn't know why, and we are 
very grateful. In these days when so many don't seem to 
care, she was like a breath of fresh air, restoring our faith 
in human nature." 

DeWitt Coleman (Archer garage) was commended for 
"his fine performance and professional attitude" by Mildred 
Oberszkalski. of Bridgeview, a regular morning rider on his 
#99 Stevenson Express bus. "He is not only a fine pro- 
fessional in what he does, but seems to be sincerely con- 
cerned with his passengers' safety and comfort. He is very 
dependable, and we can always count on arriving at our 
destinations on time. But most important of all, he never 
fails to be pleasant and offer a smUe, which is especially nice 
first thing in the morning, considering it may be your only 
pleasant experience of the day." 

Willie James (North Park garage) was the subject of a 
letter from Mrs. M. J. Kelsey, of Granville Avenue, who was 
a rider on his #151 Sheridan bus. "Seldom do 1 write a 
letter of commendation or otherwise, but I must tell you 
what a pleasure it was to ride his bus. He was unfailingly 
polite to everybody, old or young, black or white. He 
answered all questions for information in an understandable 
manner and patiently, no matter how involved the questions. 
He called out the stops clearly, and he knew them all. I hope 
to have other pleasant rides with #5399." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently 

Shahid Abdullah, 77th Street; 
Maria Ace vedo. North Section; and 
Porfirio Andino, Forest Glen. 

Eddie Baines, Lawndale; Pedro 
Balderas and Aubrey Brown, both 
of North Park; Richard Bender and 
Michael Bowman, both of Forest 
Glen; and Edward Bibbs, North 

John Cameron, Ashland Termi- 
nal; Sergio Candelaria, Limits; 
Nathan Clark, North Avenue; and 
Valerie Coleman, 52nd Street. 

Raymond Dreier, North Avenue; 
Marcelo Droira, Forest Glen; and 
Thomas Dunn, Archer, 

William Echols, 77th Street. 

Hubert Fincher and Willard 
Frieb, both of North Park; and 
Karl Fleming, 77th Street. 

Ernest Garland, Ashland Term- 
inal; Leonard Gibbs EI and Juan 
Graciani, both of North Park; 
George Grafer, Forest Glen; Keith 

Griffin, 69th Street; and Terrence 
Griffin, Archer. 

Georgia Harris and Joe Hodge, 
both of North Park; and John Har- 
vey and Joseph Henderson, both of 
52nd Street. 

Frank James and Edgar Jeffrey, 
both of Forest Glen; Boyd John- 
son, North Avenue; Ducloux John- 
son, 52nd Street; Sandra Johnson, 
69th Street; and Michael Jordan, 
North Park. 

Karie Kareem and Charles Kin- 
nard, both of North Park; Assunta 
Kaya, Forest Glen; and John 
Kirsch, Howard/Kimball. 

Clifford Last, Ricardo Leiva, 
and Teresa Lopez, all of Forest 
Glen; and Sammy Lee Jr., Howard/ 

Dora Martin and Manharlal 
Mody, both of Forest Glen; Al- 
fredo Mascorro, North Avenue; 
Ellis May, Archer; William Mc- 
Cotiy Jr., 69th Street; Minnie Mc- 
Gee, Lawndale; and Roland Micha- 
lak, West Section. 

Carlos Ortiz, Howard/Kimball. 

John Paczkowski, Archer; and 
Harold Pierce Sr.,Aida Pleas, and 
Gordon Purtell, all of Forest Glen. 

Annie Rice, Limits; Andrew 
Robinson, Howard/Kimball; and 
Toval Rolston, Forest Park. 

Clara Sala, West Section; Thom- 
as Shera, Central Assignment Of- 
fice; James Simpson, North Park; 
Jackie Smith and Robert Surita, 
both of 77th Street; Robert Smith, 
Forest Glen; Ruth Smith, North 
Avenue; and William Spencer, 

Owen Teriy, North Park; and 
Johnny Trice, Limits. 

Arturo Valdez, North Park. 

Jimmie Walker, Elbert Wat- 
kins, and James White, all of 
North Avenue; Willie Wilkes, 
North Park; and Ethel Wilson, 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest 
Glen; and Carrieatta Young, 52nd 

Joseph Zukerman, North Park. 


W. Edw. Nash, assistant su- 
perintendent. Service, South Sec- 
tion, since 1976, has been named 
superintendent. Agent Supervisors, 
Near North. Nash, who joined CTA 

as an extra trainman in 1949, 
served as switchman and tower- 
man before being selected super- 
visor. West District, in 1959. He 
became a traffic supervisor in 
1960, district supervisor in 1969, 
and district superintendent in 1972. 
Nash and his wife, Blanche, have 
two sons and two daughters, and 
live in Park Manor on the South 

William Moore, former man- 
agement professional intern in 
both the Service and Personnel 
sections of the Transportation De- 
partment, has been appointed as- 
sistant superintendent. Near South. 
New as station clerks in Trans- 
portation are Brendan Gregg, for- 
mer travel information repre- 
sentative. Consumer Services, and 
Reuben Thomas, former driver, 

In other job reassignments, 
Michael Brogan, former general 
ledger systems coordinator, Fi- 
nancial Services, has become 

senior budget analyst. Budget, and 
James Fiorito, former accounting 
specialist, Financial Services, 
has been named project controller. 
Grant Programming. Richard 
Sandberg, former program de- 
velopment analyst. Grant Pro- 
gramming, is now capital pro- 
gram coordinator. Engineering. 

William Barber and Albert 
Samaska Jr., both machinists, 
have been reassigned from South 
Shops to Plant Maintenance. Jesus 
Nunez, former car servicer, Wil- 
son, has been selected assembler 
helper, Skokie Shop. Mattie Per- 
kins, former car servicer, Des- 
plaines, has become switchboard 
operator. Consumer Services/ 
Customer Relations. 

Marsha Robinson, former 
clerk/stenographer. Insurance & 
Pensions, is now stenographer. 
Operations Planning. Amarilis 
Figueroa, formerly unassigned. 
Human Resources, has been chosen 
typist, Insurance & Pensions. 

MARCH, 1981 

Reason to celebrate 

10 ceieoraie 

1980 was the safest year in CTA history 

's have a maior in- i 7""^ ~~~~ rr 

Instructors have a major in- 
fluence on the way bus operators 
and trainmen operate their equip- 
ment, so it should be no surprise 
that when 1980 was found to be the 
safest year in CTA history, the 
Instruction Area of the Trans- 
portation Department saw reason 
to celebrate. 

Bob Desvignes, area superin- 
tendent. Instruction, made sure all 
85 instructors were invited to a 
coffee and rolls get-together at 
the Instruction "school" at Limits 
garage so he, James Blaa, man- 
ager. Transportation, and others 
could express their personal 
thanks for a job truly well done. 

The final figures show that 
there were 14 per cent or 1,280 
fewer traffic and passenger ac- 
cidents in 1980 than in CTA's 
previously safest year — 1976. In 
all, there were 7,551 accidents 
per 133,843,000 miles of bus and 
rail operation in 1980, for an ac- 
cident frequency rate of only 5.7 
per 100,000 miles — down 12 per 
cent from 1976. 

It was in 1980 that Bus Instruc- 
tion instituted a task force with 
the goal of concentrating on par- 
ticularly hazardous streets to ob- 
serve and instruct operators on 
how to avoid accidents. Instructors 
also strove to ride as observers 
with every operator or trainman 
at least twice and preferably four 
times during the year. 

"The emphasis on observation 
and the task force concept ap- 
parently paid off," Desvignes said 
in reflecting upon the year's suc- 
cess. 'We're also seeing a better 
attitude among operators and a 
lower turnover of both operators 
and instructors, which means we're 
getting more experienced people 
out on the streets." 

Charles Hodges, one of the 57 
bus instructors imder the super- 
vision of Paul Kadowaki, super- 
intendent, noted, "One of the things 
we worked on most this past year 
was attitude. Once you have the 
proper attitude, your performance 

On hand for the "Safest Year" celebration at the Training Center were (standing, left to right): 
Lonnie Hill, superintendent, Training Center; Bob Desvignes, area superintendent. Instruction; 
bus instructors Thomas Artison and IVIaurice O'Donnell Sr.; James Blaa, manager. Transportation; 
Paul Kadowaki, superintendent. Bus Instruction; and bus instructors Joe Lasinski, Dan Noncek, 
and John Hoff Jr. 

Almost all bus, rail, and agent instructors were at the Training Center for the pep talk, coffee, and 
rolls provided by the Instruction Area in appreciation for their role in making 1980 CTA's safest 
year ever. Joining them at right, front row, is Claude Stevens, principal safety analyst. Trans- 
portation Safety. 

will be better, and you'll even feel 
better. When you're fighting 
everybody — on the street or in the 

bus — you're much more tired at 
the end of the day." 

Joe Lasinski, instructor. South, 


safety awards 

Public safety awards for the 
fourth quarter of 1980 were won 
by Lawndale garage and Congress 
terminal. Lawndale took first 
place with a traffic accident fre- 
quency rate that was 6 per cent 
lower than the system-wide aver- 
age, and a passenger accident 
rate 35 percent lower. Both rates 
are based on 100,000 miles of 

Among rail terminals. Con- 
gress earned its second award of 
1980 with a combined traffic and 
passenger accident frequency rate 
that was 53 per cent less than the 
system-wide average. The fourth 
quarter award was also the 21st 
such win by Congress in the 20 
years since inception of the Pub- 
lic Safety awards program. 

Ray Colello (left), superintendent, Lawndale, prepares to accept fourth quarter Public Safety 
award from Tom Boyle, manager. Safety, at ceremony attended by Harry Reddrick (second from 
left), director. Transportation Personnel, and Clark Carter, assistant superintendent, Lawndale. 

During Public Safety award ceremonies at 
Congress terminal, motorman Edward Mulvi- 
hill (left), and conductor Rosie Lofton re- 
ceived outstanding employee certificates from 
James Blaa (second from left), manager. 
Transportation, and congratulations from 
Mike Veltri, superintendent, Congress/Douglas. 

added, "Courtesy controls the at- 
mosphere on your bus. And any 
operator who is courteous to his 
passengers will be a safe driver 
as well." 

Wilson Hart Jr., one of a team 
of 25 rail instructors reporting 
to Bob Janz, superintendent, said, 
"We're out now in greater num- 
bers making observations. We 
can tell where a motorman may 
need extra instruction by the feel 
of the train as much as by visual 

observation. We'll let a motor- 
man or conductor know what's 
wrong when we reach the end of the 
run so they can correct their mis- 
takes right away." 

Henry Hooks, rail instructor. 
North, pointed out, "We used to 
say, 'Don't do it,' when we were 
trying to instruct an operator. 
Now we go into detail and explain 
why something should or shotold not 
be done. Also, most operators look 
to instructors now as friends. 

They know we're there to help 

Arthur Bennett, key instructor 
at the Training Center, stunmed 
up the philosophy behind instruc- 
tion technique when he said, 
"You've got to have the proper 
attitude toward other people and 
your job. Without that, you can't 
get anywhere. I tiy to make sure 
our instructors stress attitude and 
courtesy as a top priority for all 

MARCH, 1981 

Painting is 
first love for 
talented driver 

There is nothing more splendid than 
an accomphshed work of art, nor any- 
thing more satisfying to an artisan than 
to be lost in his work. 

Randolph George Robinson's home 
on south Harvard Avenue is a gallery 
of beauty, which represents hours of 
solitude spent in Robinson's basement 
studio where he paints images of life 
onto canvas. 

Although he never finished high 
school, Robinson is a multifaceted 
talent. He is an accomphshed photog- 
rapher, a musician, a poet, and has 
tried Itis hand at short story writing. 
He is also a skOled carpenter as evi- 
denced by much of the remodeUng in 
his home, including his studio. How- 
ever, Robinson's first love is painting. 

He picked up his first paint brush 
38 years ago, eight years before he be- 
gan driving a CTA bus. "I was intro- 
duced to painting by Allen C. Smith, 
another painter who also drives a bus," 
said Robinson. 

"I met Smitty when we were both 
assigned to the 477th Bomber Group 
at Godman Field, Kentucky, where 
we served under Colonel B. O. Davis 
Jr. (now a retired Air Force General)," 
said Robinson. 

"He was such a good artist that the 
unit picked him to paint designs on 
our aircraft. After we got to be friends, 
he encouraged me to take up painting," 
said Robinson. 

In 1947, a year after leaving the 
Army Air Corps, Robinson studied sign 
painting at Superior Sign School, a 
Chicago institution that closed long 
ago. "It was one of the best schools 
in the business," Robinson recalled. 

Four years later, he joined the 
CTA, but continued to paint in his 
spare time. Later on, his creative 
genius led to experiments in oil paint- 

Most notable among his works of 
reaUst themes, which may be seen 
decorating the walls throughout his 
home, is a painting of the late Rev. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking 
over into "the promised land" from a 
mountain top. In another, the civil 
rights leader is depicted as the drum 
major leading the parade of life. "Dr. 
King always talked about being the 
drum major. I have simply tried to 
show him in that role in this work," 
said the bus driver artist. 

His paintings also include a life 
style portrait of himself and his six 
children together as a musical aggrega- 
tion. Robinson plays the clarinet, 
piano and guitar, and his children are 
also amateur musicians. "When my 

Alone in his studio, Randolph George Robinson (inset) brings his images to life on canvas. 

children were quite young, I bought 
them musical instruments as a means 
of keeping them busy. It cost me a 
lot of money, but it saved me a lot of 
money as well," said Robinson. 

His seemingly tireless energy keeps 
him busy creating. During a layover, 
he spends his time writing poetry. At 
other times, he's thinking about a work 
of art and deciding how to put it on 


"I am never bored witli what I do. 
I enjoy painting, and I do it strictly for 
my own enjoyment. I never sell my 
work," he said. 

A widower, the 58-year-old Robin- 
son shares his comfortable bungalow 
with his children and his mother-in- 
law. He is assigned to the 77th Street 
garage, only minutes from his home. 



Robinson's painting of the 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King 
Jr., (opposite page) depicts the 
slain civil rights leader as a 
drum major leading the parade 
for social justice. • Dr. King's 
oft quoted 1968 speech is also 
demonstrated (left) as he looks 
from the mountain top. • 
(Clockwise, from right) "The 
Clarinet Player," a glass etching, 
represents the artist himself. 
He plays the clarinet, guitar 
and piano. • The full length 
painting of the late Mrs. Jean 
Robinson, wife of the bus 
driver artist, has a prominent 
place among his works in the 
family room. • One of his few 
abstracts, Robinson calls this 
conversation piece "Oblivion." 
• Robinson's conception of 
travel between life and death 
to the world beyond. 

MARCH, 1981 

ABOVE: Contractor's crane whittles down 
bay of 70-year-old Kedzie garage. Contractor 
said he had buyers all over the country for 
old garage's bricks known to builders as 
"Old Chicago bricks" and used for decorative 
purposes. LEFT: All bus movement within 
the garage will be by left hand turns as shown 
in this interior view of the building. 

Kedzie is first in 

Bid opening has been scheduled 
for late April on the multi-million 
dollar Kedzie garage facility at 
South Kedzie between Jackson 
boulevard and West Van Buren 

The new structure, slated for 
completion in 1984, will replace 
the old Kedzie carhouse which was 
erected on the same site in 1910, 
and demolished in July 1980 due to 
its obsolete facilities and struc- 
tural deterioration. 

The new garage will be a more 
comfortable facility with modem 
equipment for employees which is 
expected to increase efficiency for 
both the Transportation and Main- 
tenance departments. 

All maintenance, parking, and 



A view of the proposed Kedzie garage looking west from Kedzie avenue. 

All buses will enter and exit the garage from Kedzie avenue. 

second generation garages 

ABOVE: Model of new Kedzie garage as seen from Jackson 
boulevard. All buses will be parked inside of garage to help 
prolong vehicle life, save energy, and provide ease of maintenance. 
Building will have staff offices and employee facilities. 

other service functions of vehicles 
will be contained within the new 
garage, thereby reducing noise and 
exhaust pollution levels in the im- 
mediate residential area. In ad- 
dition, all movement within the 
garage will be accomplished by left 
turns which CTA engineers said 
will insure maximum safety. 

F. H. Petzold, CTA project 
manager for the new garage, said 
that indoor parking will eliminate 
the need for idling of engines dur- 
ing winter months, thus netting a 
substantial saving of fuel consump- 
tion, as well as the elimination of 
noise. The garage is designed to 
accommodate 250 vehicles, and 
650 personnel. The garage design 
was managed by George Millonas, 

manager. Engineering, and Chris 
Kalogeras, director, plant main- 

Another environmental benefit 
of the new garage will stem from 
the electrical and mechanical 
heating and ventilation system 
designed to save energy. Petz- 
old said exhaust air will be 
channeled to a system which 
will extract heat from exhaust air 
and then use it to preheat outside 
air brought into the building. Such 
a recovery system will mean a 
saving of energy, Petzold said. 

The new garage will include an 
80,000-gallon imderground diesel 
fuel storage facility. The build- 
ing's drainage system will also be 
separated into sanitary, roof 

drainage, and shop floor drainage 
systems. The latter will be 
treated to meet established stand- 
ards for discharge to the city 
sewer system. 

The garage will include offices 
for the superintendent and assist- 
ant superintendent, the area su- 
perintendent, a report room, gen- 
eral clerk's area, a small class- 
room, district office, instructor's 
office, medical examining/all- 
purpose room, and a space for the 
credit union. 

A safety feature in the new 
garage will be the inclusion of 
several independent sprinkler 
systems throughout the building as 
well as a deluge system which, 
when activated, would flood the 

MARCH, 1981 


The Van Buren street facade compliments the neighborhood by appear- 
ing to be a series of separate buildings, rather than a block-long mono- 
lithic structure. 

entire bus service area. Petz- 
old said the Kedzie garage ex- 
ceeds the requirements set by the 
Chicago Fire Prevention Bureau, 
and the City of Chicago. 

Harold H. Geissenheimer, Gen- 
eral Operations Manager, said, 
"We have worked very hard with 
our consultants to develop a garage 
that is operationally efficient, 
provides improved facilities for 
our employees, and is a signifi- 

cant addition to the neighborhood." 
Geissenheimer said that be- 
cause buses at Kedzie will be 
parked in an enclosed facility they 
will be warmer, and will lose 
minimum time leaving the garage 
during the winter months, thus 
bringing improved seini.ce to more 
than 200,000 west and south side 
riders daily. 

Construction of the new Kedzie 
garage was given priority in rec- 

ommendations from DeLeuw 
Gather and company, consulting 
engineers and planners, in their 
bus garage standardization and re- 
habilitation study done for the CTA. 
The facility was designed by 
Lester B. Kiiight and Associates, 
Inc. The new building is being 
funded by the Illinois Department 
of Transportation, and the Urban 
Mass Transportaticm Administra- 

Patricia Neeka, 16, daughter of Stanley 
Neeka, superintendent of architectural draft- 
ing in the Plant Engineering Department, 
helped serenade President Reagan at the White 
House April 2 as a member of the Boling- 
brook High School Marching Band. 

The band was one of 50 which visited the 
White House in Washington before partici- 
pating in the capital's annual Cherry Blossom 
Festival. Miss Neeka, a flutist in the 145- 
member band, helped raise about $30,000 
to cover the band's travel and accommodation 

Laurie Rowbottom, 18, a senior at Rolling 
Meadows High School, and daughter of 
Harold Rowbottom, special projects repre- 
sentative. Street Traffic section. Operations 
Planning department, was winner of the 
National Honor Society's Leadership award. 

School officials making the announcement 
last month said the award was presented to 
Miss Rowbottom for the second quarter In 
recognition of her outstanding work as 
editor of the student newspaper. The Pacer. 

The honoree's name was engraved on a 
special plaque which is on display in the 
school library. She will also receive a small 
trophy at the General Award's Night program 
set for May 7. 

Miss Rowbottom is an Illinois State scholar, 
and plans to pursue studies In journalism. 










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Mario Tricoci, travel information repre- 
sentative. Is proud of his bachelor son, Mario 
J., who helped deliver a baby on Valentine's 
day in Forest Park. 

The younger Tricoci, 26, is a member of 
the Forest Park fire department. He and his 
partner, Don Cheval, were summoned to the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sievert on the 
morning of February 14, where Mrs. Sievert 
was giving birth. 

Tricoci, who has received training as a 
paramedic, assisted the new mother and her 
newborn son, Joshua. 

Joshua is the Sievert's first child and, 
according to records, the first child delivered 
by members of the Forest Park fire depart- 

Mother and child were taken to Loyola 
hospital by the Forest Park fire department, 
where both were pronounced in good con- 



Damaged girder replaced on North-South route 

About 50 structural workers 
from West Shops replaced a dam- 
aged 15-ton steel girder on the 
North-South 'L' route bridge at 
16th and State streets on the last 
two weekends in February. 

The project halted through ser- 
vice on the Howard-Englewood- 
Jackson Park route while the 
damaged girder was removed on 
the first weekend and the new 
girder was bolted into place on 
the second weekend. 

'L' riders were shuttled on 
CTA buses between 35th and 
Roosevelt stations during the 
structural repair work. 

The girder, measuring 72 feet 
long and six feet high, was dam- 
aged on August 11, 1980, by an 
oversized oil rig being hauled on a 
Soo Line railroad flatcar on the 
Illinois Central Gulf railroad 
tracks which pass under the CTA's 

Temporary shoring under the 
bridge provided secure support 
until the new girder was fabri- 
cated. The new girder was hauled 
by truck to the CTA's North-South 
elevated route at Cermak road. 

Workers there helped move the 
huge steel component from the 
street to CTA flatcars with the aid 
of a giant crane for the three- 
quarter mile trip to the bridge. 

The damaged girder previously 
was hauled by the flatcars to Cer- 
mak and placed on a truck by the 
big crane. 

Directing the work of the 50 
men from various West Shops 
sections were James Johnson, 
unit supervisor, structural maint- 
enance; Patrick McCarthy, su- 
pervisor, tracks and structures; 
Stanley Kaderbek, civil engineer, 
and William Strozewski, general 
foreman, iron workers. 

New girder, measuring 72-feet long and six- 
feet high, was bolted into place. Through 
service on North-South 'L' route was inter- 
rupted on two weekends for the project. 
Shuttle buses served 'L' riders between 
Roosevelt and 35th street stations during 
repair project. In background is a train on 
Lake-Dan Ryan route which was not in- 

Cut-out portion of damaged 15-ton girder on North-South 'L' route bridge at 16th and State 
streets is lifted out of place for removal from location. Steel girder was damaged last summer by 
an over sized oil rig hauled by flat car on the railroad under the CTA bridge. 

MARCH, 1981 


ZAP Awards 

Vehicle Maintenance crews at 
Forest Glen ended 1980 just as 
they began it — by winning first 
place in the quarterly Zero Ac- 
cident Program (ZAP) safety con- 
test among garages. Forest Glen 
also took a second place ZAP 
award during the second quarter of 
the year. Beverly came in second 
during the fourth quarter. 

First place in rail terminal 
competition was taken by Wilson 
Shop. Second place went to 98th 
Street, which managed to win a 
prize during each period of 1980, 
including first-place finishes in 
the first and third quarters. 

Other ZAP award winners in the 
final quarter of 1980 were Mech- 
anical Area at South Shops and Ve- 
hicle Overhaul at Skokie Shop. 

Looking like he's just survived a long drought, Jim Plomin (right), day foreman, accepts Wilson 
Shop's first quarterly safety award in many moons from Jim Dudley, supervisor. Maintenance 

George Wylie (right), acting unit supervisor. 
Vehicle Overhaul, holds plaque presented 
to him by Stu Maginnis, director. Mainten- 
ance Support Services, for his area's first- 
place finish in the safety contest at Skokie 

Jim Forrestal (left), unit supervisor, checks 
to make sure they spelled Mechanical Area 
correctly on plaque he received from Jim 
Pankonen, director. Vehicle Maintenance, 
after his crew won fourth quarter safety 
award in competition among units at South 



Sharing the spotlight with Matt Coyle (center), superintendent, Rail 
Terminals, are car repairers (left to right) John Neely, Mike Cochran, 

James Ogletree, and Charles Nelson, who display gift certificates. 

Trying harder but enjoying a second-place 
finish In the ZAP contest with undiminished 
enthusiasm are (left to right) Beverly combi- 
nation clerk Charles Modock Jr. and bus 
repairers Jack Gavin and Gerald Dziuba. 




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First place in the ZAP contest among garages 
for the fourth quarter of 1980 went to 
Forest Glen, where gift certificates were won 
by bus repairers (left to right) Gus Sanfllippo, 
Jerry Rochette, Bob Heneghan, and Andy 

MARCH, 1981 


New cafeteria offers 
pleasant dining 

"We have planned the new CTA cafeteria service 
and facility in the Merchandise Mart so that all CTA 
employees who work in the Mart, or who are visiting 
the Mart, will be attracted to its varied menu, at- 
tractive prices, and pleasant decor," said Roger D. 
Wood, manager. Management Services. 

The new, enlarged cafeteria is operated by the 
Tri-B Vending Service company of Chicago vmder a 
10-year non-subsidized contract with the CTA. 

"The vendor has also provided all of the furnish- 
ings, and helped finance the enlargement of the cafe- 
teria site. After 10 years, the cafeteria's furnish- 
ings and equipment revert to the CTA," Wood said. 

Under terms of the agreement, Tri-R Vending will 
not raise the prices, or lower the quantity of serv- 
ings without the approval of the CTA. Tri-R Vending 
was among seven vendors investigated by Management 

The new cafeteria's oyster white walls with burnt 
orange, brown, and gold accents in the soffets, tables, 
chairs, floor tiles, and carpeting create a pleasant 
atmosphere for enjoying a limch or coffee break. 

"The Tri-R menu will be on a four-week cycle," 
Wood explained. "They will not repeat main entrees 
more often than every four weeks so as to provide an 
attractive and varied menu for the cafeteria's daily 

Also, Tri-R has assumed full responsibility for 
proper preparation, handling, and service of break- 
fast and limcheon meals, and for providing 24-hour 
vending machine service in the cafeteria. 

Daily menus include a variety of salads, sand- 
wiches, fresh and frozen vegetables and main entrees. 
Bread and butter will be included in the prices of 
most meals. 

Entrees include roast roxmd of choice beef au jus, 
braised short ribs of beef jardiniere, chili con came 
over elbow macaroni, broiled brisket of beef, potted 
Swiss steak, yankee pot roast, hot beef sandwich with 
natural gravy, porcupine meat balls, spaghetti with 
meat sauce, and beef chop suey with rice, to name a 

Also, a variety of soups, cold desserts, pies, pud- 
dings, and cookies are available. 

Fun food items include deep dish pizza, egg rolls, 
tamales, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quiche, when 
specially featured. 

Fresh fruit and a selection of dietary and health 
foods are part of the daily menu. 

Special promotional meals will be served near or 
on holidays, and occasionally during the regular work 
week, to create added menu interest. 

The new cafeteria seats 230 diners in 3,900 square 
feet of space. The former cafeteria accommodated 

150 operators eligible to 
compete in Bus Roadeo 

The CTA Bus Roadeo eligibUity committee received 
333 applications from operators wishing to compete in the 
CTA Bus Roadeo. The committee found 150 of the appli- 
cants eligible to compete in the contest. The following is 
a listing by Garage of the number of applications received 
and the number of apphcations approved. 




That Applied 


to Compete 



















North Avenue 






North Park 



Forest Glen 






During the week of March 15, the operators participated 
in the first phase of the competition, a written test concern- 
ing defensive driving, standard operating procedures, and 
equipment troubleshooting. 

134 diners. The new facility also has a reserved 
dining room for catered parties and meetings, and the 
Tri-R staff can provide catering service for such 
gatherings. Wood said. 




BRIDGET T. BARRETT, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 1-16-60 
JAMES BROZ, Carpenter Foreman, 

West Shops, Emp. 3-27-58 
JOSEPH J. BULIK, Inspector, 

Blue Island, Emp. 11-1-72 

Desplaines, Emp. 5-20-+6 
JOHN J. CICHORSKI, Chauffeur, 

Utility, Emp. 10-2340 
RICHARD W. GAVRYS, Signal Maint., 

West Shops, Emp. 2-2-50 

Maintenance. Emp. 9-2447 
JOSHUA JAMES, Mechanic. 

South Shops, Emp. 12-2248 
JOHN C. KOHLER, Chauffeur, 

Utility. Emp. 2-28-50 
JOHN J. MC DERMOTT, Machinist, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 2-28-5 1 

West Shops, Emp. 10-1647 

Beverly, Emp. 10-1047 
GENEVIEVE S. RUSIN. Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 9-2244 
ALOIS F. RYKACZEWSKl, Ticket Agent, 

West Section. Emp. 8-3-53 



Howard/KimbaU, Emp. 1 1-10-67 

Limits, Emp. 5-18-70 
GEORGE E. HENKE, Rail Clerk, 

Howard/Kimball, Emp. 10-28-63 

North Park, Emp. 8-21-51 
LE ROY O. NELSON, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 4-22-54 
ELSIE V. OLSON, Ticket Agent, 

North Section. Emp. 3-29-67 

in i\/larch 

40 years 

Alexander Fritzler 

North Park 

John E. Cannon 


Robert S. Shea 

North Avenue 

William J. Rappold 

Control Center 

35 years 

Leroy E. Conklin, North Park 
John S. Fietko, Archer 
Fred H. Frieb, West Section 
Joseph L. Grojean, Bus Service 
Alex C. Johnson, Transportation 
Frank Katkus, Forest Glen 
John F. Leahy, Control Center 
William K. Mobley, Administration 
Victor J. Priolo, Limits 
Malcolm Simpson, Maintenance 
Walter IVI. Zawacki, Maintenance 
Thaddeus Zdeb, Forest Glen 
Francis E. Zeiger, Beverly 

30 years 

John F. Bork, Forest Glen 
Rufus E. Cleveland, Congress 
Patrick J. Clifford, Grant Property 
Herbert D. Dillard, Ashland/95th 
Edward T. Dural, Maintenance 
Carl R. Hickman, Training Center 
Olson Jackson, North Avenue 
John J. Milan, Douglas 
Benjamin Perkins, 77th Street 
David Smith, Stores South 
Jerome T. Walker, Ashland/95th 

25 years 

George W. Frailey, Maintenance 

Alfred Berry, Maintenance 
Willie L. Burch, District C 
John D. Davis, Print Shop 
Elwood Flowers, Ashland/95th 
Earl H. Haskell, 98th Shop 
Perry W. Liddell, Maintenance 
Pedro R. Ramos, Maintenance 
Luis Velez, Maintenance 

iint 3VCEis/i:oR>i.A.i^/a: 

DAVID BENSON, 38, South Section, 

Emp. 4-23-64. Died 1-17-81 
JOSEPH B. BRADTKE. 83, Howard, 

Emp. 24-27, Died 1-7-81 
LESTER K. BREITWEISER, 84, Transportation, 

Emp. 12-16-24, Died 1-9-81 
WALTER CICIURA, 61 . North Park, 

Emp. 1-13-71. Died 1-21-81 
HERBERT COBB, 5 1 , Beverly, 

Emp. 10-26-53. Died 2-1-81 
BRUNO B. CZANSTKOWSKI, 72, Electrical, 

Emp. 11-9-31, Died 1-24-81 


Volume 34 

Number 3 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Produced by the Administrative Services Unit, 
Charles T. Zanin, Director. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

JOHN S. DANEK, 71, South Section. 

Emp. 9-645. Died 1-10-81 
RAYMOND J. DROPE JR.. 66. 77th Street. 

Emp. 4-242. Died 1-1-81 
NORA D. ELWARD. 81 , Transportation, 

Emp. 10-2043, Died 12-14-80 
LESTER B. FARBER, 79, Electrical, 

Emp. 1-2543, Died 1-9-81 
HUGH FISHER, 89, Stores, 

Emp. 4-7-13, Died 1-1-81 
PATRICK FITZGERALD, 79, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-1 1-27, Died 1-29-81 
JOHN P. GILLESPIE, 87, Schedule, 

Emp. 12-9-19, Died 1-31-81 
FRANK GUTTl LLA, 8 1 , BuUding, 

Emp. 4-2043, Died 1-27-81 
STEVEN W. HANDY, 70, Transportation, 

Emp. 8-2245, Died 1-7-81 
ALVIN J. HOOKER, 83, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 12-31-24, Died 1-14-81 
ANDREW F HUEMMER, 7 1 , Archer, 

Emp. 9-342, Died 1-23-81 
BYRON E. ISEMINGER, 73, Beverly, 

Emp. 10-19-33, Died 1-18-81 
KENNETH W. JOHNSON, 74, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 5-2947. Died 1-24-81 
SVEN A. JOHNSON, 79, North Avenue, 

Emp. 6-1243, Died 1-13-81 
PERICLES JONES, 91 , North Section 

Emp. 2-2845, Died 5-1 1-80 
CHARLES T. KEHOE. 82, South Section, 

Emp. 9-24-26, Died 1-10-81 
ROOSEVELT KELLY, 63, Maintenance, 

Emp. 10-15-51, Died 1-25-81 

STANLEY R.LUKASZEWSKl, 68, Maintenance, 

Emp. 4-2842. Died 1-24-81 
CHARLES A. MATTHES, 78, Archer, 

Emp. 12-3-24, Died 1-25-81 
JOHN J. MC CARTHY, 74, Transportation, 

Emp. 2-26-34, Died 1-23-81 
THOMAS J. MC GRANE, 72, South Section, 

Emp. 11-10-36. Died 12-30-80 
CHARLES PORTER. 57. Maintenance, 

Emp. 4-24-74, Died 1-22-81 
ANGELO P. PRASSOS, 87, Archer, 

Emp. 8-5-23, Died 1-19-81 
THOMAS E. PURTELL, 82, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-9-22, Died 1-19-81 
JOSEPH M. SCHALER, 8 1 , North Section, 

Emp. 9-16-22. Died 12-31-80 

Emp. 3-20-28, Died 11-10-80 
CLARENCE W. SINES, 70, Transportation. 

Emp. 11-3044. Died 11-16-80 
ALBIN B. SKONIECZNY, 7 1 , North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-342. Died 1-26-81 

Emp. 7-1 742, Died 1-8-81 
ANDREW R. STOLTMAN, 74, Transportation, 

Emp. 10-5-36, Died 1-12-81 
AGNES E. SULLIVAN, 79, Transportation, 

Emp. 4-2343, Died 1-21-81 
MICHAEL SULLIVAN. 85, Transportation, 

Emp. 3-15-26. Died 1-8-81 
ADAM H. WAAS, 7 1 , West Section, 

Emp. 9-2340, Died 1-3-81 
HERBERT L. WILSON, 77, North Park, 

Emp. 2-6-30, Died 1-26-81 

MARCH, 1981 


Transit News mailing enters computer age 

Beginning with this issue. Transit News is con- 
verting to a computerized addressing system for 
magazines mailed to employees . If you do not re- 
ceive your Transit News in the mail, you must make 
sure that CTA has your correct home mailing address. 

If the address listed on your recently mailed W-2 
Income Tax form is not your correct home address, 
please fill out CTA Form 8431, Employee Change of 
Address, to insure that the company has your correct 
address and that you will receive all important mail, 
including the Transit News . 

CTA Form 8431, Employee Change of Address, can 
be obtained from your superintendent or department 

head, and it must be submitted every time you change 
your address as soon as you know that you are going 
to move . This will insure that the change is made by 
the time you move into your new residence. 

This new addressing system is a cooperative effort 
of the Administrative Services Unit, the CTA Data 
Center, and Public Affairs, and it will insure that 
Transit News is mailed with the most up-to-date and 
complete address list possible. 

In the near future, we will also begin computer 
addressing of Transit News for retirees , but the list 
of paid subscribers will continue to be maintained 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 


Security videotape ^^^ ^^ 
premieres for bus operators 

AiOfv (^\)JLKo}'i<- VaiV^i^.^^ >'>/b«|/-i?#v), 

The :^ord Granada was tailing the eastboimd bus 
along 79th street as it lumbered in heavy traffic. 

Obviously impatient, the motorist blew his horn in- 
cessantly as he began to weave alongside the bus, oc- 
casionally pulling out to peek around its comer, hop- 
ing for a chance to zip past it soon. 

The Ford, a toy-sized vehicle in comparison to the 
bus, was traveling so close that it looked like it might 
smash into the bus at any moment. 

As the operator of the bus pulled to the curb at 
Union street to discharge passengers, the car swerved 
in front of the larger vehicle, blocking its path. The 
motorist, now in a rage, hauled his 200-plus pounds 
out of the car hurling insults. Brandishing a big, 
heavy flashlight, he rushed around to the operator's 
side of the bus and viciously smashed the window. 

As the operator ducked to protect his face from 
flying glass, the angry motorist rushed to the door 
where he boarded to attack the operator... . 

What would you have done if you had been the bus 

Pickpockets like nothing better than a crowded bus stop. Work- 
ing as a team, bus instructor Clarence Junkins passes the wallet 
of an unsuspecting rider, played by Erv Harris of Training/ 
Development programs, to Willie Herron, also a bus instructor. 
Others in the scene are: Sam Johnson, bus instructor (seated); 
Jim Kinahan; Daisy Valdez;Linda Martinez and Deb Cash. 

Fortunately, this videotaped vignette was only a 
re-enactment based on case studies of incidents which 
required CTA employees to deal with such situations. 

After many months of planning and evaluation, the 
Transportation department, with the aid of the Train- 
ing/Development programs section. Human Resources 
department, has a security orientation program de- 
signed especially for bus operators. 

It provides them with alternative courses of action 
in critical situations that run the gamut from sharing 
the streets with impatient motorists to being victim- 
ized by armed robbers. Six vignettes are included in 
this new segment. 

Thejjus operator security orientation is the second 
s\je^J^ a program designed to inform employees about 

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APRIL, 1981 

Margie Laboy, a member of the pickpocket team, sets up the victim, 
played by Erv Harris, as she drops her change on the floor of the 
bus . . . 

. . . and Clarence Junkins makes a clean lift of Erv's wallet as they 
board a bus at Clark and Wisconsin. Driver must decide what action to 
take as crime against a passenger is committed. 

the general CTA security policy. 
A previous orientation designed for 
ticket agents was released follow- 
ing a pilot review last summer. A 
pilot program is also being con- 
ducted at 77th Street and North 
Avenue garages for the bus secu- 
rity orientation before it is re- 
leased to garages system-wide. 

Although there are no right or 
wrong answers to be derived from 
the security orientation, bus op- 
erators participating in the pilot 
program have suggested responses 
for each situation which are as 
varied as the situations them- 

Discussion concerned such 
common occurrences as a rider 
refusing to pay a fare after pre- 
senting a transfer which was five 
hours late. Should an operator 
make an issue of the matter or 
forget about it? An incident of 
this nature is minor compared to 
what happens in the next vignette 
as two armed robbers board a 

westbound Roosevelt road bus at 

The alert operator manages to 
trip the silent alarm as the gun- 
man watching her diverts his at- 
tention momentarily to one of the 
passengers. The operator's calm 
coUectiveness enables her to ac- 
curately recall the description of 
the two offenders, as well as the 
getaway vehicle waiting for them. 

In another scene, the operator 
of an eastboimd Grand avenue bus 
is observed in his handling of a 
problem with a drunk who wakes 
up making threatening remarks 
after realizing that he has gone 
past his intended stop. 

Other segments deal with pick- 
pockets and the operator' s respon- 
sibility for extending emergency 
aid when a member of the public 
needs assistance. All of these 
re-enactments are tailored es- 
pecially for CTA bus operators, 
although the CTA security pro- 
gram could be a model for other 

transit properties since it is the 
first of its kind in the nation, ac- 
cording to CTA Chairman Eugene 
M. Barnes. 

The frequency of such inci- 
dents as depicted in the videotape 
and discussed in small group ses- 
sions, as well as the growing 
public concern for the safety of 
riders on public transportation, 
has prompted an even greater em- 
phasis on transit security. 

The program is being struc- 
tured to comply with the mandates 
of Illinois House Bill 1804, which 
requires security orientation and 
training for public transportation 
employees. Any necessary re- 
visions in the bus security ori- 
entation will be made as it is 

William Thompson, assistant 
superintendent for instruction, 
said that employees have responded 
enthusiastically to the pilot pro- 
gram at 77th Street. "We want 
our people to know that they are 


Drunks can be a problem as demonstrated by William Mooney, acting 
superintendent, Planning/Programs, Transportation department. The 

wary passenger is Lena Phillips, Training/Development programs. 

not alone when they are out on the 
streets," Thompson said. He 
added that the security orientation 
is not designed to discuss rules 
and regulations, but courses of 
action open to bus operators in 
real life situations. 

Amalgamated Transit Union 
Local 241 President John Wea— 
therspoon called the bus security 
orientation a "good constructive 
program." Weatherspoon gave the 
program his endorsement after 
reviewing ito 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes, himself a former bus op- 
erator, introduces the segment for 
bus operators emphasizing the 
importance of the program to the 
security of the employee and the 
safety of CTA riders. 

Lynn Drake of Training/Development pro- 
grants, is the irate motorist taking his ven- 
geance as he smashes the window of this east- 
bound 79th street bus during filming of bus 
operator security orientation videotape. 

APRIL, 1981 

A first class 

Although the Training/Development 
programs section of Human Resources 
is not exactly in the motion picture or 
television industry, CTA employees are 
getting a first-class videotape from a 
team that put heart into the recent 
"Bus Operator Security" tape. 

The tape itself hardly gives a clue 
about the real work that went into the 
production of this instructional tool 
now being used by the Transportation 
department in a pilot program. 

Martha Koch, communications co- 
ordinator for Training/Development, 
who acted as director of the videotape 
portion of the Bus Operator Security 
program, said although the videotape 
runs just 27 minutes with only six 
scenes, the production spanned a 
much longer period of time. 

The need to shoot the same scene 
from several different angles, un- 
favorable weather conditions, sched- 
uling of necessary equipment, and 
retakes all contributed to the time 

The cast, assembled from all areas 
of the CTA, brought out their hidden 
talent to become convincing actors 
and actresses. 

Performing as seasoned veterans, 
they were frequently asked to repeat 
action until the right take was ob- 
tained. While it meant constantly 
standing only inches away from hot 
TV lights of 1000 watts, members of 
the cast worked with a spirit of co- 
operation and fun. 

The crew borrowed an electrical 
generator from Utility at West Shops 
which provided the power necessary 
for the television lights. Electrician 
Tony Rigler, who retired in Novem- 
ber, helped the crew pull the more 
than 12,000 watts of electricity from 
the generator which was necessary for 

The camera was able to get a "bird's 
eye view" of 79th street, thanks to 
an aerial basket, called the cherry 
picker, which was also borrowed from 
Utility. From the air, viewers of the 
program will see a tailgater, played 
by Lynn Drake, of Training/Develop- 
ment, close on the bumper of a bus 
which is being driven by a worried 
operator, Maurice Willis. 

To illustrate the taUgater's vantage, 
the camera was mounted on the front 
bumper of a station wagon and was 
anchored by a special camera support 
which was designed and built by 
Vehicle Maintenance. 

Bus Instructors Willie Herron and 

Clarence Junkins were the pickpockets 
in the "Crime Against a Passenger" 
segment of the tape, while bus opera- 
tor Margie LaBoy acted as the passen- 
ger decoy. The trio performed the 
"hit" on victim Ervin Harris, a training 
aids technician in Training/Develop- 
ment. The scene was shot at the bus 
turnaround near Clark and Wisconsin. 

During the taping of the "Fare 
Dispute" scene at Chicago State Uni- 
versity, cameraman Michael McNamara 
was strapped into an electronic device 
called a "steadicam," a large mechani- 
cal spring-loaded "arm" which supports 
the weight of a camera, a heavy steel 
box housing a television monitor and 
camera controls, and a body unit of 
steel and padding which securely 
buckles the whole thing to the camera- 

Actors used in this scene are stu- 
dents in television from Gordon Tech- 
nical high school who were interested 
in learning about video production. 

The "Minimal Threat" scene with 
acting superintendent WUliam Mooney 
of the Transportation department, is 
perhaps the one scene that would cause 
the motion picture industry to give 
the videotape a rating of "PG." 

Mooney played the drunk who gave 
the bus operator a hard time. A good 
method actor, his costume was the 
epitome of clothing worn by a charac- 
ter of that ilk. On his way to shoot 
the scene, Mooney stopped long 
enough to smear mud on his clothing, 
rip his shirt, and stuff an empty Uquor 
bottle into his back pocket for a little 

His big frame was slouched in a seat 
as though he were asleep. His gruff 
manner, and a few choice words for 
the operator made it a most believable 

The "Armed Robbery" scene was 
reported to be the longest and most 
complicated one in the whole program. 
Moses Ashley and Rosemary Barnett 
of the Transportation department, and 
Ron Scott of Training/Development, 
were the culprits in this night scene. 
Ashley and Scott, packing handguns, 
boarded at Roosevelt and Jefferson 
where they "robbed" the passengers, 
also played by CTA employees. Bar- 
nett drove the getaway car. 

In one shot, the camera was placed 
in the middle of Roosevelt road to get 
a wide angle shot of the bus at the stop. 
Dialogue from inside the bus had to be 
microphoned, and cables strung out to 
the tape recorder, which was also out 
in the street near the camera. 

Sound man Tony Ambut, Training/ 
Development, performed some classic 
audio feats. Ambut placed two micro- 

Michael Babiarz (right), a television student at 
Gordon Technical high school, argues with 
bus operator Carmen Betances (above) about 
a late transfer in the fare dispute scene. Others 
are soundman Tony Ambut, left, and director 
Martha Koch. 

phones in position to pick up the voice 
of tlie bus operator, Dianna Owens, 
as well as the voices of all the passen- 

Other feats required Ambut to hold 
a microphone from the back of a mov- 
ing station wagon with one hand while 
holding on with the other, cUmb to 
the top of the bus and tape micro- 
phones to the exit doors, and crawl 
under a car to catch the sound of its 
motor idling. 

On the last night of taping the 
robbery scene, Koch said an in-service 
bus passed the location of the video- 
taping and passengers were sure they 
were witnessing a real crime in action, 
although all operators on Roosevelt 
road had been forwamed. 

"The passengers only had eyes for 
the .38 Smith and Wesson pistols," 
said Koch. 


Long hours, 
enthusiastic efforts, 
produce tape 

"The combined efforts of many peo- 
ple from several departments were the 
key to our success in producing the 
videotape portion of the Bus Operator 
Security program," commented Robert 
Bizar, superintendent, Administrative 
Training/Training Services in the Train- 
ing/Development programs section of 
the Human Resources department. 

Bizar, who acted as production co- 
ordinator, added that the video produc- 
tion crew and all others concerned 
devoted long hours and unwavering 
enthusiasm to this special project. 

Others in the Training/Development 
section team were supervisor. Trans- 
portation Training, Bill Sholdice, who 
was the project manager for the entire 
program, and also co-producer of the 
videotape with superintendent. Opera- 
tions Training, Ron Baker; communica- 
tions coordinator Martha Koch, video 
crew director; procedures/training co- 

ordinator Michael McNamara, camera- 
man; and communications coordinator 
Tony Ambut, audio technician. Elec- 
trician Anton Rigler, a lineman from 
the Plant Maintenance department, 
was also a member of the production 
crew. Rigler retired in November. 

Members of the cast were: Thomas 
Anderson, Methods/Standards; Moses 
Ashley, rail instruction; and Robert 
Aviles, North Avenue. 

Rosemary Barnett, Transportation, 
Methods/Standards; Carmen Betances, 
North Park ; Constance Brabec, Security 
(Blue Island); and Gary Butler, Security. 

Alice Carter, Lawndale; Robert 
Chambers, Control Center; Allen Cor- 
bin, 77th Street; Lawrence Craig, 
Archer; and Richard Crites, Limits. 

F. Lynn Drake, Training/Develop- 
ment Programs. 

Walter Falls, 52nd Street; and 
Cynthia Florence, Near North Area. 

Joseph Gonzalez, North Avenue; 
Robert Graham, Rail Instruction; and 
Delores Griffin, Lawndale. 

Erv Harris, Training/Development 
Programs; and Willie Herron, Limits 
Training Center. 

R. C. Jackson, Security; Clarence 
Junkins, Training Center; and Candido 

Jimenez, Security. 

James Kinahan, Training/Develop- 
ment Programs. 

Margie LaBoy, North Avenue; and 
Shelby Lester, 52nd Street. 

Linda Martinez, Training/ Develop- 
ment Programs; Shirley McClure, Trans- 
portation; Robert Miller, Archer; Ron- 
ald Mitchell, 69th Street; William 
Mooney, Transportation, Methods/ 
Standards; William Moore, Far South 
Area; and Betty Morris, West Section. 

Anthony Novakovich, Security. 

Dianna Owens, North Park. 

Lena Phillips, Training/Development 
Programs; and Edward Poche, Dis- 
trict B. 

John Ramirez, North Park; and 
Eugenio Rivera, North Avenue. 

Ronald Scott, Training/Development 

Martin Troglia, Limits. 

Daisy Valdez, Administrative Ser- 

John Wallace, Control Center; Ezel 
Wiley, Archer; Willard Willette, Archer; 
Maurice WUlis, North Park; and Austion 
WoolfoUc, Archer. 

James Yancey, 52nd Street. 

Non-CTA cast members included: 
Bill Artz and Michael Babiarz, Gordon 
Technical high school; Deb Cash, 
Northwestern University; and Chicago 
PoUce Officers Agene Beach and Max 

CTA personnel who assisted in the 
development and production of the 
security program in various other 
capacities were: Julius Brazil, Ad- 
ministrative Services. 

Raymond Colello, Kedzie; and Wil- 
liam Crocker. Maintenance. 

Robert Desvignes, Transportation. 

Norman Herron Jr., Transportation; 
and Elonzo Hill, Transportation. 

Sam Felton Johnson, Bus Instruction 

Paul Kadowaki, Transportation. 

Michael LaVelle, Transportation; and 
Melvin Link, Bus Instruction (North). 

Earline McGee, 69th Street; Virginia 
McGraw, Operations; Terrence McGui- 
gan. Vehicle Maintenance; Janet 
McI^in, Security; Edward Mitchell, 
Transportation; and Walter D. Moore, 

John Perkins, Limits Training Center. 

Vito Racanelli, Plant Maintenance. 

Richard Schneider, Vehicle Mainten- 
ance (Skokie); and Jack Sowchin, 
External Affairs. 

William Thompson, Bus Instruction 

Frank Venezia, Vehicle Maintenance 
(South Shops). 

Paul Wallace, Security; Len Wiksten, 
Plant Maintenance; and Richard Willis, 
External Affairs. 

APRIL, 1981 

Training complies 
with State law 

The CTA's Security Training 
program is believed to be the first 
of its type in the public transpor- 
tation industry. 

The program was designed to 
comply with the Public Transit 
Employee Training Programs Act, 
a new Illinois law sponsored by 
Chairman Eugene M. Barnes when 
he was a member of the State 
General Assembly. 

The law requires security ori- 
entation and training for all public 
transportation operating employ- 
ees in seven areas which include 
assaults upon personnel, crimes 
against passengers, recognition of 
dangerous behavior, hostage 
situations, commimication, identi- 
fication of assailants, and em- 
ployee fear. 

The CTA Security Training 
program could serve as a model 
for other transit properties, par- 
ticularly since similar legislation 
has recently been introduced in 
the U.S. Congress by Represen- 
tative Elizabeth R. Holtzman (D- 
N.Y.) indicating that security 
training may soon be required of 
all mass transit carriers in the 

A committee on CTA security 
orientation, headed by Robert 
Kren, administrative special as- 
sistant to Chairman Barnes, and 
comprised of representatives 
from various departments, has 
planned separate, but parallel 
programs for ticket agents, bus 
operators, and trainmen. 

Kren said the pilot program for 
ticket agents introduced last sum- 
mer was the instrument used to 
validate the training. Discussion 
leaders for the program, as well 
as for the current bus operator 
security program, were chosen 
from the ranks of Transportation 
department employees who have 
had several years of experience. 

Changes in the ticket agent pro- 
gram were made as a result of in- 
put from employees who partici- 
pated in the pilot program. Like- 
wise, the participation of emplpy- 

William Moore plays the hit-and-run victim in this late night scene on "Community Responsibility" 
from the Bus Operator Security orientation videotape. Moore, a member of the Transportation 
department, is an assistant superintendent. Near South Area. 

ees is vital to the bus operator 
segment to assure that the pro- 
gram is realistic and relevant, 
Kren noted. 

Discussion in each orientation 
is based on audio-visual presen- 
tations and printed materials. An 
exercise in identification of as- 
sailants is also conducted. 

The audio- visual materials 
used include videotapes in which 
several incidents involving CTA 
employees have been recreated. 
A general information brochure on 
security equipment and personnel, 
and a new form, the "Offender 
Description Card," were also de- 

After viewing a videotape re- 
enactment of an armed robbery, 
participants in the orientation are 
asked to complete the Offender 
Description Card. Information on 
the cards is then compared with a 
detailed videotaped description of 
the offender. 

The pilot program for presen- 
tation to bus operators is approx- 
imately two and a half hours long, 
depending upon the length of dis- 
cussion by participants. 

The videotapes for both ticket 
agents and bus operator segments 
were produced entirely in-house. 
The scripts were based on CTA 
and Chicago Police department 

Videotape filming and editing, 
composition and recording of the 
musical score, and sound mixing 
were accomplished by CTA per- 
sonnel. The cast was composed 
almost entirely of CTA employees 
with some assistance from mem- 
bers of the Chicago Police depart- 
ment and students from Gordon 
Technical high school. 

Bus operators are encouraged 
to participate in the pilot program, 
and assist the committee in its 
evaluation. A third segment is 
being planned for trainmen. 


Chairman's report 

Security training, 
Federal budget cuts 

We are very proud of the fine bus operator security 
training program developed by the Training/Develop- 
ment programs section of our Human Resources de- 

We want to encourage all of our bus operators to 
take an active part in this pilot program which was 
tailored especially for them. Preceding pages in this 
issue of the Transit News present in detail this sec- 
ond phase of an excellent security training program, 
which we believe to be the first of its type in the pub- 
lic transportation industry. 

We have every reason to anticipate that the CTA 
will be a model for other transit properties. The CTA 
security training program was designed to comply with 
an Illinois law which we sponsored during our tenure 
in the General Assembly. Similar legislaticai recently 
introduced in the U.S. Congress further suggests that 
security training may indeed soon be required of mass 
transit carriers nationwide. We are proud, there- 
fore, to be trend setters in transit security training for 
the rest of the country. 

As a former bus operator myself, I am well aware 
of the importance of safety and security to our em- 

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis (center) 
discusses transit issues with CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (left) 
and other transit officials in a meeting in Washington. 

ployees. Likewise, we cannot over-emphasize its 
importance to our riders. Certainly, this program 
needs your input and your evaluation to assure its 

Meanwhile, I would like to share with you our re- 
cent ejqierience in Washington as we met with the 
newly appointed Secretary of Transportation, Drew 
Lewis, to discuss President Reagan's proposed budget 
cuts for transit. 

We shared with Mr. Lewis and other federal of- 
ficials our concerns regarding the impact of such cuts 
on the entire industry, and particularly the CTA. The 
CTA presently receives about $60 million in operating 
assistance annually from the federal government. 
Loss of this money would place an even larger funding 
burden on our financial situation. 

We also expressed our concern that the President's 
budget reductions could jeopardize the planned ex- 
tension of the proposed rapid transit line to the south- 
west side of Chicago if capital funds are curtailed. 

However, we were assured by Secretary Lewis that 
engineering and technical studies should go forward 
for rail projects, such as the southwest side rail ex- 
tension, in anticipation of future funds becoming avail- 

Contrary to the rationale of the President's budget 
cuts, federal support for mass transit is an investment 
in a crucial component of our urban business activity. 

APRIL, 1981 

Reuben Fleming (52nd Street 
garage) was observed by Mrs. 
Bernyce Clark, of Drexel Boule- 
vard, who said she was a regular 
evening rider on his #1 Drexel/ 
Hyde Park bus. "This young 
man has a very courteous atti- 
tude toward everyone who 
boards his bus, and he always 
has a smile. He shows patience 
in giving directions, and if he 
sees someone running for the 
bus, he will stop a second to 
wait for them. I commend him 
as being 'Mr. Courteous,' and 
consider him an excellent exam- 
ple for his coworkers. May we 
have more like him?" 

Amy Augustus (La wndale garage) 
was praised by Mrs. S. Laitsch, 
of Cicero, for her courtesy while 
driving a #25 West Cermak 
bus. "I had the good fortune 
to be a passenger on a CTA bus 
driven by a young woman who 
was not only an expert driver, 
but the most courteous, friendly, 
smiling, and helpful driver that I 
have seen in a long time. Her 
job is not an easy one because 
I'm sure that many passengers 
are not easy to be pleasant to, 
but she certainly 'killed them 
with kindness.' She is a credit 
to your company image." 

commendation comer 

Ronald Hackworth Jr. (Archer garage) was complimented 
by Catherine Murphy, who works on South Riverside Plaza 
and was a rider on his #61 Archer/Franklin Express bus. 
"This morning started out rainy, and the bus was packed 
with wet people. Normally, in a situation like this, everyone 
on the bus would be grumpy and complaining. However, 
driver #7492 was especially considerate to people, and made 
everyone feel better. Because of his pleasant attitude, every- 
one was joking instead of complaining. He started my morn- 
ing out right, and probably other people were in a better 
mood, too, due to his friendliness." 

Mohamed Yousef (Limits garage) impressed Mary Barkley, 
of Annandale, Minnesota, with his courtesy and patience 
while driving a #145 Wilson/Michigan bus. "One night 
while in Chicago recently on a business trip, I was lost in 
the city. Your driver #7815 explained to me where I was 
and how to reach my destination. Not only was he pleasant 
to me, but he seemed considerate of all the passengers in 
general. His attitude is an asset to the CTA and the city 
of Chicago." 

Raymond Mieszowski (North Park garage) was admired 
by Diane Miller, of Columbia Avenue, for the way he handled 
an abusive passenger on his #96 Lunt/Touhy bus. "A woman 
passenger climbed onto the bus and began to insult the CTA, 
the services available through the CTA, and the bus driver. 
Your driver #4547 continued to be courteous through a 
barrage of verbal abuse. Certainly no one deserves this type 
of treatment. His impressive conduct was a credit to your 
organization and an example of fine personal integrity." 

Herbert Bryant (77th Street garage) caught the attention 
of Danny Velazquez, of Cambridge Avenue, who considers 
himself "lucky to have him" on the #8 Halsted route. 
"Always, in rain, shine, sleet, snow, whatever the weather, he 
is a pleasure to ride with. He cheers one up almost imme- 
diately upon entering the bus. He is thoughtful, kind, and 
considerate of his passengers, and is patient. He's never in 

too big of a hurry 'to keep on schedule' that he can't wait 
a moment if he sees someone running to catch the bus. 
To us regulars, such a wonderful attitude is greatly appre- 
ciated and admired." 

John Lenore (North Avenue garage) won the approval 
of Alice McCormack, of Melrose Street, who is an early 
morning rider on his # 77 Belmont bus. "He always has 
a smUe, and his regulars riders greet him with a 'Good 
morning." You can always depend on him to be on time. 
He will even look for you if you're not at your stop, and 
wiD wait if he sees you trying to cross the street. He 
drives carefully and seems to enjoy his job. I wish more 
of the drivers were like him." 

Larry Malone (Archer garage) was the driver of a #62 
Archer bus that Donna Baker, of West 48th Street, took 
downtown one Saturday. "I boarded the bus at Archer 
and Kostner, and had the pleasure of riding with one of 
the most courteous drivers I had ever had. What impress- 
ed me most was his patience and pleasent manners with the 
elderly people boarding the bus. He would wait for them 
to board the bus, talk pleasently to them when they asked 
for the 20th time what street we were stopping at next, 
and when they left the bus, he waited quietly while it took 
them a little extra time to make the stairs." 

Pearlie WUhams (North Park garage) was commended 
by Marshall Sutton, who has offices on North Michigan, 
for the way she handled a #147 Outer Drive Express bus. 
"The driver was extremely courteous to everyone who 
entered of left the bus, despite the bad weather. She 
was kind enough to puU into the curb for passengers to 
get on and off. She at one time avoided a car that skidded 
crosswise directly in front of the bus, and in all, at no time 
was she jolting the passengers around by starting or stop- 
ping too quickly. All this goes to show that we do have 
some fine individuals driving for the CTA." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently 

Willie Allen, Archer; Jose Al- 
meida, Forest Glen; and Nelson 
Anderson, Ashland Terminal. 

Pedro Balderas, North Park; 
Fitz Bariffe, Limits; Rosarita 
Betts, North Avenue; Susan Bras- 
ewicz. Archer; and Albert Brown, 
52nd Street. 

Jean Cage and Marvin Coving- 
ton, both of Limits; Tomas Cintron 
and Andrew Correa, both of North 
Park; and Tyree Cobb Jr., Forest 

Jose Davila, North Avenue; and 
Wilfred Dupree, North Park. 

James Fitzgerald and Allan 
Frazier, both of Limits. 

Joseph Gale, Forest Glen; and 
Fahmi Ghouleh, Limits. 

Melton Harris and Chester 
Hendrix, both of 77th Street; Peg- 
gy Haymon, West Section; Herbert 
Hodge and Ollie Hoskins, both of 
Archer; and Joe Hodge and James 
Howland, both of North Park. 

Marlene landolo, North Park. 

Zeke Jagst, Walter Jentsch, 
Charles Johnson, and Arthur Joy, 
all of North Park; and George 
Jones, North Avenue. 

Jose Leiva and Herman Loza- 
da, both of Forest Glen; Tilmon 
Lloyd Jr., Lawndale; and Marcos 

Luevano Jr., Archer. 

Earl Miles, Lawndale; Newton 
Mojica, Forest Glen; and Ardis 
Morris III, Howard /KimbalL 

Frederick Pepke, Limits; and 
James Pruett Jr., 77th Street. 

Edward Sanello and Willie 
Stewart, both of North Avenue; 
Frederick Schein, Howard/Kim- 
ball; Learline Shaw, 69th Street; 
Michael Shelton, 52nd Street; J.C. 
Skipper Jr. and Glenn Steude, both 
of North Park; Eleanor Smiley, 
West Section; Linda Stewart, 77th 
Street; and Edward Strugalla, 

Fernando Torres, Lawndale. 

Arturo Valdez, North Park. 

Jimmie Walker, North Avenue; 
Lonnie Walker, 77th Street; and 
Gary Williams, North Park. 


Joseph Grojean, former assistant 
superintendent, District B, has been 
appointed superintendent. District D, 
Transportation. Grojean, who joined 
the Chicago Surface Lines as a streetcar 
conductor at Blue Island in 1946, 
became a bus operator at Archer in 
1947, and was named supervisor. Dis- 
trict A, in 1959. He served as relief 
district supervisor in 1970 before 
being selected district supervisor in 
1972 and assistant superintendent in 
1974. Grojean and his wife, Anna 
Rita, have two sons and a daughter, 
and make their home in Orland Park. 

J. C. White, assistant superintendent 
at 77th Street since 1978, has been 
named superintendent, 69th Street 
garage. White began his transit career 
as a bus operator at 77th Street in 
1947. He became a supervisor in 
District B in 1960, and an instructor. 
Surface, in 1968. In 1947, White 
was selected assistant superintendent. 
Far South Area, and in that capacity 
served at 69th Street, Beverly, and 
77th Street garages. White and his 
wife, Emily, are the parents of two 
daughters and a son, and live in the 
Chatham community on the South 

In other job reassignments, John 
Meneghini, former buyer, has been 
chosen supervisor. Buyers, Materials 
Management. June Lett, former 
stenographer. Vehicle Maintenance - 
South Shops, is now executive secre- 
tary. Consumer Services. 

Charles Taylor, former operator. 

Joseph Grojean 

69th Street, and Charles Smith, former 
ticket agent. West Section, have been 
selected travel information representa- 
tives. Consumer Services - Customer 
Relations. In Operations Planning, 
Vernon Coleman has been promoted 
from traffic clerk to principal traffic 
clerk. Schedules, while Neal St. John 
has moved from junior transit tech- 
nician to transit technician 111. 

Three new money handlers have 
been named by Treasury - Central 
Counting: James Williams Jr. and 
Thomas Robinson, both former opera- 
tors, 77th Street; and Jackie Brecken- 
ridge, formerly unassigned, Human 
Resources - Employment & Placement. 
In Vehicle Maintenance, Rafael Reyes, 
former bus repairer. North Avenue, 
has been chosen bus and truck mechan- 
ic apprentice, South Shops. 

J. C. White 

Sean Scott, former terminal com- 
bination clerk. Vehicle Maintenance - 
Methods & Standards, is now field 
audit clerk, Financial Services - In- 
ternal Auditing. New as utility clerks, 
Materials Management, are former 
clerk typists Henrine Robertson (Human 
Resources - Employment & Placement) 
and Sharon Kollaritsch (Operations 

Joanne Boettin, former accounts 
payable clerk, Financial Services - 
Materials & Payables, is now office 
equipment clerk. Management Ser- 
vices - Administrative Services. Walter 
Lemons Jr., former operator. Limits, 
has been named transportation clerk. 
Transportation. Graciela Gallardo, 
former utility clerk, Insurance & 
Pensions, has become clerk. Human 
Resources - Medical. 

APRIL, 1981 

Rocky Mountain artist 
paints Chicago canyons 

Don Van Horn is an artist living in the shadows of 
the towering Rocky mountains in Colorado Springs 
where he is a biology professor at the University of 

With all that splendid scenery around him. Van 
Horn dreams of the time when he can again visit the 
man-made canyons of Chicago and capture "the spirit, 
the energy, and artistic beauty of the CTA's Loop 
elevated stations and structure," that keeps calling 
him away from Colorado. 

On his last visit to Chicago, Van Horn presented 
the CTA with photos of five of his paintings that he 
completed on his visits over the years. 

"Maybe it takes an artist's perception, especially 
one who is visiting and not involved in earning a living 
at the time, to appreciate the Loop structure," Van 
Horn said. 

"In its own way, the Loop 'L' ranks alongside of 
San Francisco's cable cars, the Paris Metro, and 
Boston's streetcars as being fascinating to artists," 
he said. Van Horn takes slide photos and paints from 

"Because the photos and paintings range from 1962 
to the present, some of the paintings may look dif- 
ferent. That's because the stations' color schemes 



Opposite top: Painting of 'L ' tracks on Wabash avenue looking 
south from Randolph street. Van Horn painted 29 by 22-inch water 
color in January, 1980, from a May 28, 1979,slide. Painting was accept- 
ed for Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibit and received a 
top award. This painting was also exhibited in the Springfield, II. , Fine 
Arts Association show. 

Opposite bottom: Water color of Madison/Wabash station looking 
west from Michigan avenue. Van Horn took photo in 1962, completed 
30 by 22-inch canvas in May, 1976. Painting won first prize in Rocky 
Mouirtain National Watermedia Exhibition in 1977. 

Above: Water color measuring 18 by 14-inches of Quincy /Wells station 
looking south along Wells street from Adams street. 

Top Right: Madison/Wabash station looking south along Wabash 
avenue to Madison street. Water color was completed in January, 
1980, accepted in show by Watercolor, USA, 1980, and sold to a 

Bottom Right: The La SalleA/an Buren station looking south on 
LaSalle street. Water color was painted during July and August, 197EI 
and has been traded by Van Horn. 

may have changed." 

Writing from his home in Colorado Springs, Van 
Horn said he is "currently working on a painting of 
the Quincy/Wells 'L' station (as viewed east along 
Quincy street from Franklin) and thus far it looks 
like it should turn out well. 

"I am hopeful of making a spring trip (May) to 
Chicago.. o" he added. 

APRIL, 1981 

Employees honored with 'A Day in CTA' 

six employees cited for outstanding performance were April 
honorees with 'A Day in CTA.' 

The honorees' visit to the general office included attending a 
board meeting, a visit to the control center, the travel center 

and other departments, a picture-taking session, lunch at the 
Merchandise Mart's M&M Club, and a roundtable discussion with 
management. Each employee also received a certificate of ap- 

Lois Faqua 

Lois Faqua, bus operator assigned to 
Beverly garage, was honored with 'A Day 
in CTA' for her excellent record of pro- 
viding riders with safe and courteous ser- 

"I really appreciated the visit to the 
control center because it helped me to 
understand the communication system, and 
revealed just how quickly the CTA can be 
in touch with its operators. Before my 
visit, I had an entirely different concept of 
how things are done." 

Ivory Davis 

Ivory Davis, a rail supervisor assigned 
to the South Rail District, was feted for 
his quick response when a fire developed 
imder a car of a Dan Ryan train while he 
was riding in the head car. Davis man- 
aged to get to a passenger door, pull the 
emergency handle and assist passengers to 

"I enjoyed the whole day spent in the 
general office," said Davis, who added that 
he especially enjoyed attending the board 
meeting. "Everybody should have such an 
opportunity. I think it would boost morale." 

James O. Hannah 

James O. Hannah, rail janitor at Lake/ 
Randolph station, distinguished himself by 
an act of heroism in which he apprehended 
a man who snatched a purse from an elder- 
ly woman at the Lake/Randolph mezzanine 
in the Washington station of the State Street 
subway. Thanks to Hannah, the purse was 
returned and the suspect arrested. 

"I enjoyed everything, and I appreciate 
the fact that management is honoring us. 
As for what I did to be honored, I just 
didn't have time to think about it. The 
lady was screaming, and I came to her 
aid. I enjoy working for the CTA," he 

Kevin O'Connor 
Kevin O'Connor, a bus serviceman as- 
signed to North Avenue garage, distin- 
guished himself with an excellent work 
record. "I enjoyed the whole day, and I 
appreciate the hcjiors given us. I especial- 
ly enjoyed visiting the control center, and 
all of the other activities." 

Anthony Rojas 

Anthony Rojas, a car repairman at 98th 
Street shop, was treated to 'A Day in CTA' 
to give him an opportunity to see a different 
aspect of the CTA qjeration. 

A recent member of the CTA family, 
Rojas said, "I enjoyed the visit to the con- 
trol room." 

Jose Roman 

Jose Roman, a conductor assigned to 
Kimball terminal, was recommended to 
spend 'A Day in CTA' because of his ex- 
cellent work record, his attention to duty 
and courtesy to CTA riders. 

"I enjoyed the entire day spent in the 
general office," commented Roman. 



Welcome to a new citizen 

Lawrence S. Paek, community news representative in the 
Public Affairs department, celebrated St. Patrick's Day, 
1981, by becoming an American citizen. Paek, who came to 
Chicago from South Korea in 1975, received his papers at 
a ceremony in the Dirksen Federal Building presided over by 
U.S. District Court Judge James B. Moran. 

Until March 17, Pack's first name had been Sok, and his 
wife, who has taken the name Judy, was called Ok. "We 
decided to take the opportunity (of the swearing in) to be- 
come a little more American," Paek said. "You can imagine 
the confusion my wife's first name has caused. I picked 
'Lawrence' because it was the name of an American soldier 
who helped me in Korea." 

Paek, 43, was bom and raised in Pyong An Bookdo pro- 
vince, which is now part of North Korea. During the mass 
flight of refugees caused by the Korean War, he became 
separated from his family, and hasn't seen his parents or 
younger brother or sister since. He spent his last 16 years 
in Korea working as a civUian in public affairs and press 
relations for the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division. 

A miracle of sorts has brought added joy to the Park 
Ridge home where Paek lives with his wife and three children. 
After years of trying to contact an older brother he had not 
heard from since World War II, Paek received a letter from 
him recently, indicating he has spent all the intervening years 
working in Harbin. China. 

With communication apparently made possible by im- 
proved relations between China and the U.S., Lawrence Paek 
now hopes to find a way to share the benefits of American 
citizenship with his brother, Sok Chin Paek, by having a 
family reunion on the free soO of his adopted homeland. 

Raleigh Mathis elected to board 
of National Conference 
of Christians and Jews 

Raleigh Mathis, man- 
ager, Security depart- 
ment, recently was elect- 
ed to the board of the Na- 
tional Conference of 
Christians and Jews 
(NCCJ), Chicago and Illi- 
nois region, at a meeting 
in the Palmer House. 

Also elected to the 
board with Mathis were 
Judge Jerome Lemer, 
Cook County Circuit 
court; Harold L. Miller, 
board chairman. First 
Condominium Develop- 
ment CO.; and Richard D. Ostrow, managing partner, 
Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. 

Following his election, Mathis was the guest 
speaker at the joint meeting of the NCCJ Midlands 
chapter and the Omaha Bar Association in their 
"Issues in Justice Seminar" held in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Marian Bergersen, Midlands chapter regional 
director, expressed her organization's appreciation 
in a letter to Chairman Eugene Barnes. 

"We would like to extend to you and to the Chicago 
Transit Authority our sincere thanks for sharing 
Raleigh Mathis with us," Bergersen wrote. "He is an 
eloquent and sincere speaker who is at his best when 

Procurement engineer Kahn 
to get MBA degree 

I. A. (Al) Khan, pro- 
curement engineer for 
Materials Management, 
has completed require- 
ments for the Master of 
Business Administration 
degree, majoring in fi- 
nance at Loyola Univer- 

He will be awarded the 
degree at the university's 
May commencement ex- 
ercise. Khan also holds 
a certificate as a Certi- 
fied Purchasing Manager 
which he earned in 1979, 

two years after he joined the CTA as a buyer. He was 
promoted to procurement engineer last year. 

Khan holds bachelor of science degrees in mech- 
anical engineering and mathematics, both earned at 
Madras LTniversity, India. He studied production 
management for 18 months in Czechoslovakia. 

Khan and his family which includes his wife, Nas- 
reen, an 11-year-old son, and a 4-year-old daughter, 
came to the United States in 1973, and later became 
naturalized citizens. 

reacting spontaneously. The response of those groups 
and individuals who had an opportunity to participate 
in discussion with Raleigh was extremely pesitive." 

APRIL, 1981 


CTA receives 
lighting award 

Robert Turek (left), executive vice presi- 
dent. Electric Association of Chicago, 
presents association's annual Award of 
Merit for Lighting Excellence to the CTA. 
Accepting the award are Joseph Siegal 
(center), superintendent, power and wiring, 
and Patrick Murphy, supervisor, wiring and 
design, both of the Engineering department. 
Award was made at April 1 CTA Board 

The award honors the CTA for its new 
lighting installations at the Lake street 
' L ' stations at State, Clark, Clinton, 
Ashland, and Halsted and Ravenswood 
' L ' stations at Chicago and the l^rchandise 
Mart. Siegal and Murphy led the team that 
designed and installed the new lighting 
systems. Turek said it was the first time 
the CTA won the award in its 17-year 

The third group to complete an eight-week Material Handling and 
Warehousing course sponsored by Materials Management department 
includes, standing (from left): Charles Bennett, stock derk. South 
Shops; Lee Walker, stock clerk. Merchandise Mart; Donnelly Miles, 
stock clerk. South Shops; Eugene Eason, laborer. Lower Yard; Eugene 
Magad, course instructor; S. T. Lucas, mobile equipment operator. 
Stores North; Douglas Muller, stock clerk, Skokie Shop; Andrew 

Cunningham, stock clerk. South Shops; Donna O'Connor, secretary. 
Merchandise Mart, and John Murray, laborer. Lower Yard. Seated 
(from left): Henry Farley, special projects analyst. Stores North; 
Charles Ripke, special projects analyst. Stores South; Anthony 
DiGiovanni, order control clerk. Merchandise Mart; Daniel McRed- 
mond, laborer, Skokie Shop; Kenneth McCrea, stock clerk. South 
Shops, and Yvonne Ward, procurement analyst. West Shops. 

Useful information 

Partial view of popular U.S. Government 
Printing Office bookstore in room 1463 in 
Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn 
St. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
Monday through Friday. More than 2,000 
low cost publications are available in the 
store. The GPO's 23,000 other publications 
may be ordered at the store, said Mrs. Vivian 
Searles, bookstore manager. 

The publications in the book store range 
over a wide variety of subjects. For instance, 
there's Money Saving Main Dishes, 48 pages, 
80 cents; Research on the Effects of Tele- 
vision Advertising on Children, 229 pages, 
$5.50; The Green Scene - Care and Mainten- 
ance of Common Household and Office 
Plants, 60 pages, $1.20; Railroad Maps of the 
United States, 112 pages, $2.60; Where to 
Write for Marriage, Divorce, Birth and Death 
Records in the United States, $1.25 for each 
subject; and The Black Presence in the Era 
of the American Revolution, 1770-1800, 
70 pages, $2.85. 




Driving competition for 115 people who have suc- 
cessfully completed the written test will be conducted 
April 26, and May 3 at 77th Street and Forest Glen 

First place trophies for winners in the garage 
competitions will be presented at each garage at a 
later date. Each participant will also receive a 
certificate as well as movie theater tickets. Roadeo 
finals are slated for August 23 at Soldier Field. 

Foadeo update information will continue to be 
posted at each garage throughout the event. 

Atlanta fund drive 

The urge to help bring to an end the string of more 
than 20 child murders in Atlanta prompted four CTA 
women to conduct a fund drive among their fellow em- 

From March 5 to March 13, the women collected 
$1,239 which was sent, by checks, to the Atlanta 
Missing Children's fund to be used by Atlanta officials 
in the search for those responsible for the attacks on 
the children of that Georgia city. 

The women are Ms. CoUette Edmonds, clerk, Man- 
agement Services department; Ms. Bosemary Bamett, 
special assistant to the manager, Transportation de- 
partment; Ms. Kim Roach, clerk, Claims department, 
and Mrs. Jean Redd, secretary. West Shops. 

Each donor received green and black lapel ribbons 
to signify their concern for the Atlanta tragedies, 

Ms. Edmonds said she decided to help when her 
husband, Walter, sent a check to the fund. 

"I felt sure there were many people at the CTA 
who felt the way I did about these crimes, and I men- 
tioned it to the other women who joined in the effort. 
We all say 'thank you for your concern' to those who 
gave," Ms. Edmonds said. 

These three Forest Glen operators are pictured on the sunny beach in 
Acapuico, Mexico. It is an annual trel( for them and their wives who 
vacation there each February. They are (left to right): George Duszyn- 
ski, Anthony DeMayo and John Kurinec. 

CTA Chairman Eugene Barnes recently cut the yellow ribbon officially 
opening CTA's new cafeteria in the Merchandise Mart. Joining Chair- 
man Barnes in the brief ceremony are (from [eft) Ms. Joby Berman, 
manager. External Affairs division; Paul Kole, manager. General Finance 
division; Ernest Sawyer, special assistant to the Chairman; Roger Wood, 
manager. Management Services department, and General Operations 
Manager Harold H. Geissenheimer. 

APRIL, 1981 


CTA Sports 

77th Street and Lawndale champions 

The 1980-81 CTA Basketball 
League ended its season on Fri- 
day, March 6, at Washington Park 
Fieldhouse with the 77th Street 
Streakers meeting North Avenue 
for the championship. 

Qilminating a very exciting 
season in which 13 teams parti- 
cipated, the league was divided 
into two divisions — American and 
National. Coordinator for the 
league was Will Williams. 

The 77th Street team, coached 
by Henry Ragsdale, provided the 
fans with an exciting champion- 
ship game. The Streakers were in 
fine form beating North Avenue by 
a score of 65-55. Tyrone Brown 
of the Streakers was voted "Most 
Valuable Player" for the tourna- 

In the playoffs for the cham- 
pionship in the Volleyball League, 
Lawndale, which had not lost a 

game during the regular season, 
was the ultimate winner. In the 
playoffs they lost their first game 
to 308, but in the final game to 
determine the champion, Lawndale 
beat 308 by a score of 15-8. 

All games were played at 
Washington Park Fieldhouse. 
Dianna Caston was the coordinator 
for the league in which ei^t teams 

THE CHAMPS: The 77th Street Streakers 
are, kneeling (left to right): superintendent 
J. C. White, John Ross, Henry Ragsdale, Ty- 
rone Brown and Dwight Rogers. Standing 
(left to right): John Riouse, Wade Jones, 
Clarence Davis, Paul Campbell, Mickey 
Harris, Earl Pope, Eugene Tate, M. Lambert 
and McClinton Porter, superintendent, 77th 

Big John Riouse (54), 77th Street, and Willie Baker (1), North Avenue, 
jump for tipoff in championship game. 

North Avenue's Mike Reynolds (13), and Rick James (44), 77th Street, 
battle for rebound as Mickey Harris and Paul Campbell look on. 



THE CHAMPS: The Lawndale volleyball 
team are (seated): Richard Williams. Kneel- 
ing (left to right): Vera Tucker, Julia Adams 
and Hugh McGee. Standing (left to right): 
Assistant superintendent Clark Carter, Carol 
Turner, Malbernice Simmons, Johnny Moore, 
Johnny Sherrod, Doris Nailor, Johnny Cole- 
man, Mary Rodgers and Alfonso Brooks. Not 
pictured are Dorothy Bentley and Jeanette 

Above left: Richard Williams, Lawndale, 
takes a sitting position as he watches his shot 
go over the net. Al Brooks (left) and John 
Koldan watch the action. 

Above: Debbie Jones, 308, returns a shot as 
John Koldan (5), Jose Neris (12) and Alvin 
Martin take in the action. 

Left: Crystal Stevenson (13), and Richard 
Williams battle for the shot at the top of 
the net. 

APRIL, 1981 


A streetcar family looks back 

Streetcars were the mainstay of 
public transportation in Chicago for 
more than 60 years, and contributed 
greatly to the development of the city 
by providing convenient, low-cost tran- 
sit between residential neighborhoods 
and business and industrial districts 
throughout the area. 

Harry Daniel Soreghen Jr., who 
retired from CTA in 1977 after 40 
years' service, was part of a transit 
family that helped build muscle in 

the "City of the Big Shoulders" by 
carrying generations of Chicagoans to 
their jobs on public conveyances. His 
grandfather, Daniel Soreghen, began 
operating horsecars on Sedgwick Street 
in 1879. 

Harry's father, Harry Sr., operated 
streetcars and work equipment for the 
Chicago Railways Co., the Chicago 
Surface Lines, and CTA from 1908 
until his retirement in 1952. A photo- 
graphic record of the traction vehicles 

that he and other family members 
served on has been reproduced here 
as a reminder of Chicago's legacy of 
street transportation. 

Harry Soreghen Jr. joined the Sur- 
face Lines as a shop and equipment 
clerk at North Avenue in 1937, and 
became a streetcar motorman in 1941. 
He later served as a supervisor and 
drove one of the first radio cars in the 
Loop. He operated buses from 1952 
until he became a medical technician 
in 1963. Harry and his wife, Marion, 
live in the Forest Glen neighborhood 
on the Northwest Side. 

Harry Soreghen Jr. 

Looking out the back of this Chicago Union 
Traction Co. mail car at Lawndale is conduc- 
tor Robert McLean, who later became Harry 
Soreghen Jr.'s father-in-law. 

Above left: Harry Soreghen Sr. (right) operated this open Chicago 
Railways Co. streetcar on Montrose between Broddway ana Knox 
Avenue, where this picturb mias taken. 

Above: In this summertime 1909 shot, Soreghen (right) waits for water 
from a hydrant to fill the 3,000-gallon tank on a sprinkler car that was 
used to wet down streets that had not yet been paved. 

Left: Around 1915, Soreghen (right) operated this "bowling alley" 
streetcar on Montrose for Chicago Railways. The car got its nickname 
from the arrangement of the seats, which faced inward from the win- 




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Archer, Emp. 5-10-45 

South Section, Emp. 8-3-53 

South Shops, Emp. 6-21-46 

South Shops, Emp. 10-24-47 

Jefferson Park, Emp. 1-28-48 
HENRY KOLAR, Bus & Truck Spec, 

South Shops, Emp. 3-16-53 

West Shops, Emp. 11-24-41 
JOHN F. UPKA, Unit Supervisor, 

South Shops, Emp. 5-8-50 

North Avenue, Emp. 4-4-55 

North Section, Emp. 3-2-50 
WILLL\M O'BRIEN, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 7-19-48 
ASHER REID, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 11-16-50 
WILLIAM RYE, Supervisor, 

District A, Emp. 4-21-58 
MILES WESELY, Switchman, 

Douglas Park, Emp. 1-20-48 

Howard, Emp. 3-20-42 


EMANUEL BLUE Jr., Chauffeur, 

Utility, Emp. 7-27-64 
WILLLi\M BRIGHT, Car Servicer, 

Howard, Emp. 7-26-66 
ROBERT McNEIL, Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp. 1-21-76 

52nd Street, Emp. 5-8-70 


Volume 34 

Number 4 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers; Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Produced by the Administrative Services Unit, 
Charles T. Zanin, Director. 

Distributed free of charge to alt active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others. $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

JOHN ALTENBACH, 73, North Park, 

Emp. 11-24-36, Died 1-1-81 
WALTER AMBROSE, 72, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 4-26-45, Died 2-8-81 
SIDNEY ANDERSON, 75, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-18-33, Died 2-23-81 
IVY BLOYD, 94, Kedzie, 

Emp. 9-11-22, Died 2-3-81 
ARTHUR BRINDLEY, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp. 1-31-34, Died 2-26-81 
W. J. BROPHY, 68, South Section, 

Emp. 6-2-42, Died 2-5-81 
JOHN BURKE, 78, Limits, 

Emp. 2-19-35, Died 2-20-81 
PETER CARPING, 77, Utility, 

Emp. 4-23-28, Died 2-21-81 
CHARLES ELLIOTT, 87, North Section, 

Emp. 8-15-18, Died 2-18-81 
JOHN FOLEY, 61 , 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-9-58, Died 2-10-81 
FRANK GRIES, 73, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 2-24-43, Died 2-16-81 
WALTER HALLFORD, 74, Shops & Equip. 

Emp. 2-16-35, Died 2-14-81 
JAMES JOEFFREY, 68, General Office, 

Emp. 6-20-76, Died 2-11-81 
ALFRED KALISZ, 57, North Park, 

Emp. 4-9-51, Died 2-19-81 
EDWARD KOLAR, 73, West Section, 

Emp. 10-28-24, Died 2-14-81 
STEVE KOZMA, 72, West Section, 

Emp. 4-8-29, Died 2-5-81 
ANTON KRUCKY, 93, Devon, 

Emp. 12-21-43, Died 2-1-81 

VITO LORUSSO, 81, Kedzie, 

Emp. 2-17-43, Died 2-23-81 
JOHN McGEE, 76, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 4-10-29, Died 2-12-81 
KATHLEEN McINERNEY, 84, South Sect., 

Emp. 7-14-39, Died 2-23-81 ' 

Emp. 6-2-36, Died 2-4-81 
PATRICK McQUAID, 75, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-31-36, Died 2-10-81 
PETER MIASO, 70, Kedzie, 

Emp. 4-28-43, Died 2-18-81 
GRACE MOUNTS, 65, West Section, 

Emp. 5-23-59, Died 2-25-81 
ROBERT MUMBOWER, 38, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-13-76, Died 2-13-81 
JOHN O'CONNOR, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-22-23, Died 2-19-81 
JOSEPH OLBRECHT, 91, Transportation, 

Emp. 5-9-16, Died 1-22-81 
MARK PARE, 78, South Shops, 

Emp. 10-3-21, Died 2-1-81 
FRANK PISCITELLO, 89, Way & Structs., 

Emp. 5-12-36, Died 2-13-81 
EDWARD RICKER, 74, Beverly, 

Emp. 3-6-29, Died 2-7-81 

Emp. 5-20-60, Died 2-4-81 
WILLIAM SAUNDERS, 78, 61st Street, 

Emp, 10-26-29, Died 2-15-81 
ANTHONY SWEENEY, 85, Surface, 

Emp. 7-27-21, Died 2-11-81 
JAMES WATT, 82, South Section, 

Emp. 8-13-26, Died 2-3-81 

in April 


Lester R. Rage 

Forest Glen 

35 years 

Elmer F. Briskey, North Avenue 
James H. Burklow, Insurance 
Vernon Coleman, Schedules 
Patrick J. Garrity, Forest Glen 
Arthur G. Maxwell, Maintenance 
Orlando J. Menicucci, Howard/Kimball 
Ray A. Spakowski, North Avenue 
Frank Spitalli, Utility 
Herbert A. Strauch, Archer 
Russell C. Strohacker, District B 
Francis A. Swiontek, Forest Glen 
John E. Theis, South Shops 
James H. Walsh, Labor Relations 

30 years 

25 years 

Louis F. Berry, North Avenue 
Elijah Brown, Maintenance 
George A. Lahorl, 77th Street 
Charles W. Hodges, Instruction 
Lawrence E. May, Ashland/95th 
Zane S. McBay, Relief Clerk 
Carlos R. Pitts, Maintenance 

Sammie L. Anderson, Instruction 
Harvey G. Bey, Lawndale 
Donald E. Crandall, Electrical 
Clinton Donley, 61st Street 
Howard J. Gobernatz, Electrical 
Chester T. Mazur, Methods/Standards 
James L. McCarty, 77th Street 
Richard F. Morrow, 77th Street 
George N. Robinson, 77th Street 
Theodore Vernon, Ashland/95th 
Herbert H. Williams, 77th Street 

Woodrow Wallace, Forest Park 
Doris Yost, Payroll 

APRIL, 1981 



for the June issue of TRANSIT NEWS: 

Pictures of high school or college students 
graduating in 1981 who are sons or 
daughters of CTA employees. 

All pictures must be taken by a profes- 
sional photographer and MUST be wallet 
size. On the back of the picture, please 
provide the student's full name and school 
as well as the employee's name and work 
location. Pictures will be returned. 

Please submit pictures to: CTA TRANSIT 
NEWS, Merchandise Mart, Room 742, 
Chicago, IL 60654. 
Deadline for Pictures - May 15, 1981 

P. 0. Box 3555. Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Addfess Correction Requested 




PERMIT NO. 8021 

EVANS TON, IL 60201 



New rapid transit cars 

make debut on Loopwckf HWEsiEirSfiiiT^ 

Mayor Jane M. Byrne cuts the ribbon marking the debut of the first 

V two of 3DD new rapid transit cars (2600-series) to be delivered to the 

CTA. Arhong dignitaries aboard the train were CTA Chairman Eugene 

M. Barnes, left, and William I. Wilson, General Manager of the Railway 

pany, Philadelphia, manufacturers. 

Mayor Jane M. Byrne and CTA Chairman Eugene 
M. Barnes introduced the first of two of the 2600- 
series CTA rapid transit cars with an inaugural ride 
around the Loop on April 3. 

The mayor officiated at the ribbon cutting cere- 
mony as the train was pulled into the platform at 
Randolph and Wells, where both she and Chairman 
Barnes greeted Chicagoans who were on hand to in- 
spect the new cars. 

The CTA has purchased 300 of the lightweight, air- 
conditioned cars at a total cost of $133,288,500. Fund- 
ing for the new cars is being provided by federal and 
state governments, with 80 per cent coming from the 
Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, and 20 per cent from 
the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

More than a third of the money for the purchase 
was provided for in the transportation agreement 
negotiated between Mayor Byrne and Governor James 
R. Thompson in the summer of 1979. 

"My administration is committed to improving 
Chicago's excellent and vital mass transportation," 
Mayor Byrne said. "The purchase of these new rapid 

transit cars is just one of many significant actions we 
are taking to upgrade the city's transportation net- 
work. In the very near future, work will begin which 
will modernize the Loop elevated and renovate the 
State street subway. Along with equipment and struc- 
tural improvements, there also will be continuing 
improvements for rider security and comfort." 

The first four of the new rapid transit cars will 
tmdergo two months (600 hours) of testing in revenue 
passenger service prior to the start of delivery of the 
other cars. The delivery of the remaining 296 cars 
will begin in the fall of this year and is expected to be 
completed early in 1984. 

CTA Chairman Barnes said, "The delivery of these 
300 cars will give CTA riders a total of 812 air- 
conditicHied cars, which is more than two-thirds of the 
total active fleet. The new cars will replace those that 

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MAY, 1981 

are over 30 years old and will provide additional cars 
for the O'Hare rapid transit extension being built by 
the City of Chicago. 

"The cars have been designed with the passenger's 
safety and comfort in mind," Barnes said. 

Built by The Budd company of Philadelphia, the 
cars have stainless steel exteriors accented by red, 
white, and blue striping, as a reminder of the colors 
of our nation and the City of Chicago. 

The interiors have a dusky walnut woodgrain pat- 
tern on the lower side walls, beige upper walls, and 
off-white ceilings. 

The seats have brown and orange padded cushions 
in contoured fiberglass shells. Each pair of cars has 
92 seats, and each "A" car of the two-car pair has 
one seat which folds to accommodate a wheelchair. 

Harold H. Geissenheimer, General Operations 
Manager, said the wheelchair locks automatically 
when it is backed into the locking device. The device 
is equipped with an easy release handle which is acti- 
vated when it is lifted. A wheelchair access logo is 
displayed both on the inside and outside of the car. 

Geissenheimer added that current construction of 
elevators at such key stations as Loyola, Granville, 
Desplaines, Western on the Ravenswood, 79th street 
and proposed stations in the Loop, Polk street, and the 
O'Hare extension will provide easy access to rapid 
transit service for handicapped persons. 

Sliding doors provide 50 inches of clearance for 
boarding and alighting. On the outside of each car 
are four speakers, and there are six ceiling speakers 
inside the cars. 

Other features of the new cars include substantial- 
ly reduced noise and vibration levels, and an air com- 
fort system designed to maintain a temperature of 
65 degrees in winter and 72 degrees in summer. 


Top left: Robert Aldworth, graphics design supervisor, and IVIargaret Maier, 
graphics designer, tal<e the motorman's view as the train stands at Randolph 
and Wells before departing for its inaugural run around the Loop. The two 
Operations Planning employees were primarily responsible for the sign on 
front of train heralding the first of the new cars. 

Bottom left: Chairman Barnes assists Mayor Byrne in removing ribbon from 
the new rapid transit car. 

Above: The first of the 2600 series rapid transit cars shown here on the 
Lake Street route have begun two months (600 hours) of testing in revenue 

Below: Chairman Barnes and General Operations Manager Harold H. 
Geissenheimer examine seat which folds giving access to wheelchair locking 
device, and folds back to provide normal seating (right photo). 

MAY. 1981 

Meeting to discuss plans for tlie 1981 APTA convention in Chicago are CTA Chairman Eugene M. 
Barnes (left); Arthur Teele Jr. (right), UMTA administrator; Clarence M. Pendleton Jr. (left, rear). 
Chairman, San Diego (Cal.) Transit Corporation, and Ernest R. Sawyer (right, rear). Chairman 
Barnes' administrative assistant. 

Gathered in the Johnson Publishing Company's offices, 820 S. Michigan Av., on April 9 were 
(from left): Danny Lawwon of Marketing Sales Unlimited, Houston, Texas; Tom Neusom, Chair- 
man, Southern California Rapid Transit District, Los Angeles; CTA Chairman Barnes; Chairman 
Pendleton of San Diego; John Johnson, president, Johnson Publishing Company; Ernest Sawyer, 
Chairman Barnes' administrative assistant; the Rev. Jerry A. Moore Jr., vice chairman, Washington 
(D.C) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; UMTA Administrator Teele, and John F. Potts, senior 
vice president, ATE Management & Service Company, Washington. 

Chairman's report 


Seldom has there been a program 
more beneficial to CTA and its em- 
ployees than the Bus Roadeo which we 
are now conducting. 

I am very proud of the men and 
women who have taken the time and 
interest to be a part of this fine pro- 
gram, and I congratulate them for 
their participation and extend to them 
my support. I wish each of the partici- 
pants the best of success in this effort. 
It was an honor for each contestant to 
be selected because the criteria for 
participation required an excellent 
work record. 

The Bus Roadeo is an opportunity 
for CTA bus operators to demonstrate 
their skills and to build esprit de corps. 
Surely the competition will promote a 
sense of professionalism on the part of 
every CTA contestant. The results of 
this Bus Roadeo will prove to be far- 
reaching in terms of testing the skills 
of our bus operators in open compe- 
tition in both practical and academic 

The Bus Roadeo is also a good way 
to determine just how we measure up 
against transit companies across the 
nation. We all look forward to giving 
our utmost support to the operator 
who wins the local competition on 
August 23, and we know that this 
operator will represent the CTA very 
well at the APTA International Bus 
Roadeo in October. 

I am extremely proud to have 
initiated CTA competition in the Bus 
Roadeo during this administration, and 
I am grateful for the support of our 
Local 241, ATU, in helping us establish 
this first for CTA. 

I am particularly proud of our own 
Bus Roadeo committee which has 
worked so very hard to accomplish the 
Bus Roadeo, as well as the slate of 
volunteers who continue to sacrifice 
their weekends to serve as judges for 
this event. 

Perhaps, most important of all, is 
the fact that the Bus Roadeo demon- 
strates to our passengers, through the 
publicity generated, that we have an 
ongoing commitment to continuously 
improve ourselves and the service we 



f- BUS 

The preliminary driving com- 
petition for the CTA Bus Roadeo 
was held at 77th Street and Forest 
Glen garages on two consecutive 
Sundays, April 26 and May 3. Bus 
operators, who had successfully 
completed written testing in March, 
competed on a course which re- 
quired precision driving and 
maneuvering of their vehicles. A 
full report on the Bus Roadeo will 
be featured in the June issue of 
Transit News , including award 
presentations to garage winners 
and selection of the 20 finalists 
who will compete in the CTA Bus 
Roadeo finals at Soldier Field on 
August 23. 

MAY, 1981 

Bartholomew Wurtzebach of 
North Section was the con- 
ductor on an Evanston Express 
train that Walter Suhaka, of 
Prospect Heights, rode down- 
town one day while visiting 
Chicago. "I was not accustomed 
to the routes available for my 
return to Evanston. I asked the 
conductor for directions. He was 
very helpful and courteous, not 
only to me, but to other people 
on the train that seemed to be 
confused. I also noticed that 
when he spoke into the public 
address system, he took his time 
to speak clearly. I understood 
every word that was said and 
knew when to get off. I think he 
should be commended for his 
super performance." 

Wylie Webb (77th Street garage) 
is appreciated by Catherine 
Piaskowy, of Green Bay Avenue, 
a frequent rider on his #30 
South Chicago bus. "In all the 
years I've been one of his 
passengers, I know I could 
always rely on him to be right 
on time, regardless of the 
weather, and sure of a pleasant 
ride to 69th Street. It's a plea- 
sure to encounter someone with 
a cheerful word for each passen- 
ger every morning. I'm sure all 
who ride with him feel as I do. 
This driver has been doing a 
super public relations job for 
the CTA. He should be very 
highly praised for helping to 
improve the CTA image." 

commendation corner 

George Neal (North Park garage) was thanked for 
his "alertness and concern" early one evening by 
Mae Callahan, a rider on his #147 Outer Drive Ex- 
press bus who works on West Monroe Street. "As I 
was boarding the bus, a girl pushed ahead of me, el- 
bowing me to one side, and then hollered to someone 
on the sidewalk. At this point the driver called to me 
that a man was taking my purse. I immediately 
grabbed for the purse; then the girl dashed off the 
bus, and she and the man rushed away. There was no 
policeman aroimd at the time. Without the assistance 
of the driver, I no doubt would have lost my purse." 

Ephriam Mauldin (69th Street garage) was called 
"one of the best drivers I have had the privilege to 
ride with" by Loretta Sweeten, of South Paulina Street, 
who was a rider on his #63 63rd bus. "He is con- 
siderate, courteous and friendly. He waits for the 
senior citizens ahd has a very good relationship with 
teenage riders, which is a feat only a few can claim. 
Public transportation is vital to me, as I don't drive. 
Some mornings when I don't feel like going to work, 
his 'Good morning' seems to make the day a little 
brighter. He generates a good feeling in everyone, and 
it is a pleasure to ride with him." 

John Brugess (Limits garage) provided service on 
his #36 Broadway bus that was "so outstanding that I 
thought you should know about it," wrote Janet Rig- 
gans, of North Dearborn Street. "He was courteous 
and polite to everyone, and in many cases said 'Thank 
you.' When needed, he told passengers just how to 
reach their destinations — where to transfer and the 
number of the bus they should take — and he clearly 
called the streets." 


Sylvester Ermon (77th Street garage) was described 

as a "dedicated and committed employee" by Mrs. 
Anna Robinson, of South LaSalle Street, who was a 
rider on his #29 State bus. "I saw in the performance 
of his duties many beautiful lessons being taught by 
him. The young were taught to pay their way and not 
to cheat. The seniors were given that special some- 
thing that makes them feel they are still cared about 
by society. The handicapped were helped. The 'not 
too sure' were assured they were not really lost. All 
in all, he is a great driver." 

Charles Young (West Section) made an impression 
on Mrs. Diane Zydlo, of North Keeler Avenue, for the 
way he kept riders informed during a delay on a 
Congress-Milwaukee train. "He announced there 
would be a delay and reported the time we were sitting 
every five minutes. When the problem was over, our 
conductor annoimced that we would be leaving mo- 
mentarily. We made two stops, and at Lake Transfer 
he announced that the train would be going express to 
Logan Square. He apologized for this inconvenience, 
and wished everyone getting off a pleasant day, any- 
way. He was a very kind and considerate man. He 
smiled a lot, and was very pleasant in the face of 


Lenzie Alford (North Avenue garage) was com- 
plimented by Betty Hawkins, of Sedgwick Street, for 
his courtesy while driving a #72 North bus. "He is so 
very nice to everyone, yoimg and old, male and fe- 
male. Whatever questions you have he answers. He 
always looks into his miiTor to make sure everybody 
is on his bus before he drives off. And he is always 
there (on time). I wish there were more like him. 
Most of all, I like the way he treats the older people. 
It means so much to them. With the fare being so 
high, kindness means so much." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently 

Maria Agnew, Limits; and Len- 
zie Alford, North Avenue. 

Fatima Beymuhammed, Archer; 
Joe Brlonez, Forest Glen; Imelda 
Brown, North Park; and Earl Bur- 
ress, 69th Street. 

Jean Cage, Sergio Candelaria, 
and Queen Childs, all of Limits; 
Leroy Carr and William Cummins, 
both of Forest Glen; John Chand- 
ler, 77th Street; and Andrew Cor- 
rea, North Park. 

Melvin Davis, Forest Glen; 
Jerry Dubin, North Avenue; Lola 
Ducree, North Section; and Wil- 
fred Dupree, North Park. 

Patricia Edwards, 77th Street. 

Henry Fields, North Avenue; 
and David Foster, 77th Street. 

Leon Gaddyand Columbus Gray 
Jr., both of 69th Street; Tyrone 
Garrett and Abraham Garron Jr., 

both of Archer; Milton Gaylord 
and Edgar Griffin Jr., both of 
North Avenue; and B. T. Gregory, 
North Park. 

Hugh Haynes, North Avenue; 
Cecelia Hendrickson and Large 
Hooker, both of Forest Glen; Joe 
Horace, 77th Street; and James 
Howland, North Park. 

Ryuji Inada, North Park. 

Gene Jackson, 77th Street; and 
William Johnson Jr., 52nd Street. 

Robert Lay, Limits; Nathaniel 
Lee Jr., Ashland Terminal; Ricar- 
do Leiva, Forest Glen; and William 
Lowery, 77th Street. 

John Mahnke and Joseph Mitria, 
both of Forest Glen; Joseph Ma- 
loney, Archer; Adolph Marth, An- 
gel Martinez, Victor Matos, Angel 
Mojica, and Bobby Myles, all of 
North Park; Larita McFall, West 
Section; Earl Mealing Jr., Limits; 
and Arthur Mines Sr., Beverly. 

Martha Pace and Orval Porter, 

both of Lawndale; Van Penn Jr., 
North Avenue; John Planthaber, 
Forest Glen; Thornton Poole, 
North Section; and Alvin Potts Jr., 
52nd Street. 

Billy Ragsdale and Alvin Ross 
Jr., both of 52nd Street; William 
Ramos, North Park; George Ri- 
vera, Lucy Rivera, Severo Rod- 
riguez, and Robert Rook, all of 
Forest Glen; and Jose Roman, 

Kenneth Simpson, North Park; 
Dennis Smith, Howard /Kimball; 
Harrison Smith, Archer; Joe 
Spears, Forest Glen; Barbara 
Sullivan, North Avenue; and 
Thomas Swoope, 77th Street. 

Owen Terry, North Park; and 
Edward Tribue Jr., Ashland 

Mitchell Van Cleave and Clar- 
ence Van Middlesworth, both of 
North Park. 

Dorothy Walton, Limits; Quen- 
tin Wilmingtcxi, North Park; and 
Howard Wilson, Forest Glen. 


Claire Glenn, director of Fi- 
nancial Reporting & Analysis, 
Financial Services, since 1977, 
has been appointed assistant 
comptroller. Accounting & Analy- 
sis. Glenn joined CTA as an ac- 
coimting specialist in 1974, moving 
to director, Financial Analysis, 
later the same year. She pre- 
viously was director of accounting 
for the City of Chicago's Depart- 
ment of Public Works. Glenn and 
her husband, Frederick, have two 
sons and make their home in Ar- 
lington Heights. 

In Treasury-Central Counting, 
Robert McCombs, former money 
handler, has been named assistant 
superintendent. Central Counting. 
In Vehicle Maintenance, Michael 
Hennessy has been promoted from 
assistant garage foreman, 77th 
Street, to unit si^jervisor. Bus 
Garages North. 

James Whittley, former senior 
storekeeper. Materials Manage- 
ment-Stores, is now supervisor. 
Storerooms, Stores-West. New in 
Materials Management as pro- 
curement engineers are Zaven 
Guediguian, former industrial 
engineer. Plant Maintenance, and 
Henry Deutsch, former methods 
& standards engineer. Vehicle 
Maintenance- Skokie Shop. 

Marguerite Longo, former 
stenographer. Operations Plan- 
ning, has been selected confiden- 
tial office assistant, Engineering, 
the same position that Joanne 
Pietrowski has attained in Human 
Resources-Employment after pre- 
viously serving there as recep- 

Husein Suleiman, former bus 
operator. Forest Glen, has been 
chosen bi-lingual travel informa- 
tion representative. Consumer 

Services-Customer Relations. 
Carl Brown, former ticket agent. 
West Section, is now station clerk, 
Transportation-Bus System. 

Joseph Larry, former bus op- 
erator, 77th Street, has been ap- 
pointed bus & truck mechanic ap- 
prentice. South Shops, while Mau- 
rice Sims, former operator, Bev- 
erly, has become a carpenter at 
Skokie Shop. Also at Skokie Shop, 
John Ferlito, former trackman. 
Plant Maintenance, is now serving 
as unit exchange clerk. 

Patricia Banks, former ticket 
agent. West Section, has been se- 
lected medical technician. Human 
Resources-Medical. In other 
Human Resources reassignments, 
Corrine Camasta has moved from 
call director operator to place- 
ment clerk, Employment & Place- 
ment, while Karen Bankston, for- 
mer typist, Transportation-Des- 
plaines, has become utility clerk. 
Employment & Placement. 

Donald Person, former bus 
servicer. Forest Glen, has been 
named payroll clerk, Financial 
Services- Payroll. Virginia Wolfe, 
former clerk typist, Datacenter, 
is now typist. Operations Planning- 

MAY. 1981 

Employees honored with 'A Day in CTA' 

Six employees cited for outstanding performance were 
May honorees with "A Day in CTA." 

The honorees" visit to the general office included attend- 
ing a board meeting, a visit to the control center and the 

travel information center as well as other departments, a 
picture-taking session, lunch at the Merchandise Mart M&M 
Club, and a round-table discussion with management. Each 
employee also received a certificate of appreciation. 

Stanley Cureton 

Stanley Cureton, who joined CTA 
in 1979, has also earned three commen- 
dations in connection with property 
and life saving deeds, including his 
heroic action in rescuing a person from 
the tracks at Belmont station last year. 

Said Cureton, "I appreciated the 
opportunity to attend the CTA board 
meeting for a personal view of how the 
company's business is conducted." 

Nathan Roudez 
Nathan Roudez, a District D bus 
supervisor, hailed the occasion to visit 
the general office as "... a welcome 
opportunity to understand more about 
the technical aspects of people moving 
people." Roudez, who joined CTA in 
1968, said he found the travel infor- 
mation center "...a fascinating place 
full of mini-second replays of valuable 

Joan Sagalow 
"I appreciated the opportunity to 
visit the control center as well as the 
travel information center," said Joan 
Sagalow, a foot collector from Howard 
terminal. Ms. Sagalow joined the CTA 
in 1979 and has distinguished herself in 
a very short time with an outstanding 
work record and attention to duty 
while providing security and transport 
of CTA cash receipts. 

Earl Miles 
Lawndale bus operator Earl Miles 
said he found every aspect of his day at 
the Merchandise Mart outstanding. "I 
particularly enjoyed the opportunity to 
attend the board meeting," said Miles 
who was interviewed on a special 
report by WMAQ-TV's "On Q" re- 
porter on April 4. Miles was also fea- 
tured last December on WBBM-TV's 
"Two on Two." 

Joe Busoemi 
Trackman Joe Buscemi who joined 
CTA 21 years ago said, "I enjoyed 
everything. It was all special to me." 
Buscemi has a near perfect work 
record, and is a dedicated and consci- 
entious employee. He is known by 
many in the Maintenance department 
as a "one man track gang." 

Juan Gonzalez 

Juan Gonzalez whose team work 
with Stanley Cureton in extinguishing 
smoldering debris at Wilson Shop and 
averted a possible disaster in January, 
was also among the honorees. 

"I have enjoyed this day, but most 
of all I have enjoyed visiting the travel 
information and control centers," said 
Gonzalez, an employee of three years 
service who was recently assigned to 
Howard. He has received three com- 
mendations for outstanding perform- 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

other operating employees re- 
ceiving commendations recently 

Maria Agnew, Limits; and Len- 
zie Alford, North Avenue. 

Fatima Beymnhammed, Archer; 
Joe Brionez, Forest Glen; Imelda 
Brown, North Park; and Earl Bur- 
ress, 69th Street. 

Jean Cage, Sergio Candelaria, 
and Queen Childs, all of Limits; 
Leroy Carr and William Cummins, 
both of Forest Glen; John Chand- 
ler, 77th Street; and Andrew Cor- 
rea. North Park. 

Melvin Davis, Forest Glen; 
Jerry Dubin, North Avenue; Lola 
Ducree, North Section; and Wil- 
fred Dupree, North Park. 

Patricia Edwards, 77th Street. 

Henry Fields, North Avenue; 
and David Foster, 77th Street. 

Leon Gaddyand Columbus Gray 
Jr., both of 69th Street; Tyrone 
Garrett and Abraham Garron Jr., 

both of Archer; Milton Gaylord 
and Edgar Griffin Jr., both of 
North Avenue; and B. T. Gregory, 
North Park. 

Hugh Haynes, North Avenue; 
Cecelia Hendrickson and Large 
Hooker, both of Forest Glen; Joe 
Horace, 77th Street; and James 
Howland, North Park. 

Ryuji Inada, North Park. 

Gene Jackson, 77th Street; and 
William Johnson Jr., 52nd Street. 

Robert Lay, Limits; Nathaniel 
Lee Jr., Ashland Terminal; Ricar- 
do Leiva, Forest Glen; and William 
Lowery, 77th Street. 

John Mahnke and Joseph Mitria, 
both of Forest Glen; Joseph Ma- 
loney, Archer; Adolph Marth, An- 
gel Martinez, Victor Matos, Angel 
Mojica, and Bobby Myles, all of 
North Park; Larita McFall, West 
Section; Earl Mealing Jr., Limits; 
and Arthur Mines Sr., Beverly. 

Martha Pace and Orval Porter, 

both of Lawndale; Van Penn Jr., 
North Avenue; John Planthaber, 
Forest Glen; Thornton Poole, 
North Section; and Alvin Potts Jr., 
52nd Street. 

Billy Ragsdale and Alvin Ross 
Jr., both of 52nd Street; William 
Ramos, North Park; George Ri- 
vera, Lucy Rivera, Severe Rod- 
riguez, and Robert Rook, all of 
Forest Glen; and Jose Roman, 

Kenneth Simpson, North Park; 
Dennis Smith, Howard /Kimball; 
Harrison Smith, Archer; Joe 
Spears, Forest Glen; Barbara 
Sullivan, North Avenue; and 
Thomas Swoope, 77th Street. 

Owen Terry, North Park; and 
Edward Tribue Jr., Ashland 

Mitchell Van Cleave and Clar- 
ence Van Middle sworth, both of 
North Park. 

Dorothy Walton, Limits; Quen- 
tin Wilmingtcm, North Park; and 
Howard Wilson, Forest Glen. 


Claire Glenn, director of Fi- 
nancial Reporting & Analysis, 
Financial Services, since 1977, 
has been appointed assistant 
comptroller, Accoimting & Analy- 
sis. Glenn joined CTA as an ac- 
counting specialist in 1974, moving 
to director, Financial Analysis, 
later the same year. She pre- 
viously was director of accounting 
for the City of Chicago's Depart- 
ment of Public Works. Glenn and 
her husband, Frederick, have two 
sons and make their home in Ar- 
lington Heights. 

In Treasury- Central Counting, 
Robert McCombs, former money 
handler, has been named assistant 
superintendent. Central Coimting. 
In Vehicle Maintenance, Michael 
Hennessy has been promoted from 
assistant garage foreman, 77th 
Street, to unit svpeivisor, Bus 
Garages North. 

James Whittley, former senior 
storekeeper. Materials Manage- 
ment-Stores, is now supervisor, 
Storerooms, Stores- West. New in 
Materials Management as pro- 
curement engineers are Zaven 
Guediguian, former industrial 
engineer. Plant Maintenance, and 
Henry Deutsch, former methods 
& standards engineer. Vehicle 
Maintenance-Skokie Shop. 

Marguerite Longo, former 
stenographer, C^erations Plan- 
ning, has been selected confiden- 
tial office assistant. Engineering, 
the same position tiiat Joanne 
Pietrowski has attained in Human 
Resources-Emplojrment after pre- 
viously serving there as recep- 

Husein Suleiman, former bus 
operator. Forest Glen, has been 
chosen bi-lingual travel informa- 
tion representative. Consumer 

Services-Customer Relations. 
Carl Brown, former ticket agent. 
West Section, is now station clerk, 
Transportation-Bus System. 

Joseph Larry, former bus op- 
erator, 77th Street, has been ap- 
pointed bus & truck mechanic ap- 
prentice. South Shops, while Mau- 
rice Sims, former operator, Bev- 
erly, has become a carpenter at 
SkoMe Shop. Also at Skokie Shop, 
John Ferlito, former trackman. 
Plant Maintenance, is now serving 
as unit exchange clerk. 

Patricia Banks, former ticket 
agent. West Section, has been se- 
lected medical technician, Hiunan 
Resources-Medical. In other 
Human Resources reassignments, 
Corrine Camasta has moved from 
call director operator to place- 
ment clerk. Employment & Place- 
ment, while Karen Bankston, for- 
mer typist, Transportation-Des- 
plaines, has become utility clerk. 
Employment & Placement. 

Donald Person, former bus 
servicer. Forest Glen, has been 
named payroll clerk, Financial 
Services- Payroll. Virginia Wolfe, 
former clerk typist, Datacenter, 
is now typist. Operations Plannlng- 

MAY, 1981 

Employees honored with 'A Day in CTA' 

Six employees cited for outstanding performance were 
May honorees with "A Day in CTA." 

The honorees' visit to the general office included attend- 
ing a board meeting, a visit to the control center and the 

travel information center as well as other departments, a 
picture-taking session, lunch at the Merchandise Mart M&M 
Club, and a round-table discussion with management. Each 
employee also received a certificate of appreciation. 

Stanley Cureton 

Stanley Cureton, who joined CTA 
in 1979, has also earned three commen- 
dations in connection with property 
and life saving deeds, including his 
heroic action in rescuing a person from 
the tracks at Belmont station last year. 

Said Cureton, "I appreciated the 
opportunity to attend the CTA board 
meeting for a personal view of how the 
company's business is conducted," 

Nathan Roudez 
Nathan Roudez, a District D bus 
supervisor, hailed the occasion to visit 
the general office as "... a welcome 
opportunity to understand more about 
the technical aspects of people moving 
people." Roudez, who joined CTA in 
1968, said he found the travel infor- 
mation center "...a fascinating place 
full of mini-second replays of valuable 

Joan Sagalow 
"I appreciated the opportunity to 
visit the control center as well as the 
travel information center," said Joan 
Sagalow, a foot collector from Howard 
terminal. Ms. Sagalow joined the CTA 
in 1 979 and has distinguished herself in 
a very short time with an outstanding 
work record and attention to duty 
while providing security and transport 
of CTA cash receipts. 

Earl Miles 
Lawndale bus operator Earl Miles 
said he found every aspect of his day at 
the Merchandise Mart outstanding. "I 
particularly enjoyed the opportunity to 
attend the board meeting," said Miles 
who was interviewed on a special 
report by WMAQ-TV's "On Q" re- 
porter on April 4. Miles was also fea- 
tured last December on WBBM-TV's 
"Two on Two." 

Joe Buscemi 
Trackman Joe Buscemi who joined 
CTA 21 years ago said, "I enjoyed 
everything. It was all special to me." 
Buscemi has a near perfect work 
record, and is a dedicated and consci- 
entious employee. He is known by 
many in the Maintenance department 
as a "one man track gang." 

Juan Gonzalez 

Juan Gonzalez whose team work 
with Stanley Cureton in extinguishing 
smoldering debris at Wilson Shop and 
averted a possible disaster in January, 
was also among the honorees. 

"I have enjoyed this day, but most 
of aU I have enjoyed visiting the travel 
information and control centers," said 
Gonzalez, an employee of three years 
service who was recently assigned to 
Howard. He has received three com- 
mendations for outstanding perform- 



Congratulations are in order for 
138 young men and women who com- 
pleted a special Explorer Scouting 
program on April 1 5 . The high school 
students developed career awareness 
through firsthand experience in auto 
mechanics, welding, electricity, and 
carpentry-all under the careful guid- 
ance of 30 volunteer advisors from 
South Shops (see Transit News. March, 

The focal point of the program was 
the construction of an articulated 
mini-bus. The beautifully detailed 
replica of CTA's 'Big Bend' buses, made 
from scrap and donated materials, is 
powered by a one-cylinder gasoline 
engine and features operational head- 
lights, tailUghts, turn signals, and side 
marker lights. The students also refur- 
bished two motorized shop carts 
donated by vendors, decorating one 
with a scalloped paint job and cus- 
tomizing the other with a body 
fabricated from sheet metal to resemble 
the front end of a Flxible bus. And, 
working in the sUk screen shop, the 
students produced T-shirts bearing the 
Explorer Scout logo and a drawing of 
an articulated bus as a memento of the 

After certificates were presented to 

Top Photo: Explorer Scouts display their workmanship before receiving graduation certificates 
from General Operations Manager Harold H. Geissenheimer, seated in articulated mini-bus. Seated 
in the shop cart at right are District General Manager Derek C. Fisk, London Transport, and his 
wife, Audrey, who were visiting CTA facilities. 

Above: Members of the project organizing committee were (left to right): Willie Wong, unit super- 
visor, bus garages; Dick Schneider, area superintendent, automotive vehicle maintenance; Tom 
Wolgemuth, manager. Maintenance; Frank Venezia, superintendent, bus shops; Explorer Executive 
Robert Battle ill, and Frank Sprovieri, carpenter leader. South Shops. 
Below: A team of 30 South Shops employees advised the scouts throughout the program. 

the students and advisors, everyone 
enjoyed hamburgers and soft drinks in 
the South Shops lunch room. 

Representing CTA Chairman 
Eugene M. Barnes, General Operations 
Manager Harold H. Geissenheimer 
thanked the scouts and volunteer 
advisors for their participation and 
said, "CTA is proud to have partici- 

pated in this worthwhile program, 
which provided practical training and 
career motivation to a fine group of 
young people." 

Attending the graduation as guents 
of Mr. Geissenheimer during their visit 
to CTA were Watling District (London 
Transport) District General Manager 
Derek C. Fisk and his wife Audrey. 

MAY, 1981 

Superior Public Service Award winners 

Two CTA employees were 
among 12 persons honored at the 
13th Annual Superior Public Ser- 
vice Awards luncheon on April 30 
in the Palmer House. 

They are Len Wiksten, director. 
Plant Maintenance, Maintenance 
department, named Outstanding 
Executive Employee, and Thomas 
E. Alfred, vehicle maintenance 
systems clerk. South Shops, named 
Outstanding Clerical Employee. 

The annual competition is held 
for employees of the City of Chi- 
cago, County of Cook, Chicago 
Park District, Metropolitan Sani- 
tary District, City Colleges of 
Chicago, the Chicago Board of 
Education, Chicago Housing Au- 
thority, and the Chicago Transit 

Two other CTA employees re- 
ceived certificates as finalists. 
They are Claude R. Stevens Jr., 
principal safety analyst. Support 
Services Section, Transportation 
department, a finalist in the Public 
Safety Category, and Willie Law- 
ler Jr., bus operator, 52nd Street 
garage. Transportation depart- 
ment, a finalist in the General 
Services Category. 

Top right: Len Wiksten, director. Plant Main- 
tenance, Maintenance department, accepts 
"Outstanding Executive Employee" plaque 
from Barbara Proctor, president. Proctor & 
Gardner Advertising Company, at 13th Annu- 
al Public Service Awards luncheon April 30 
in Palmer House. 

Center: Thomas E. Alfred (left), vehicle 
maintenance systems clerk. South Shops, 
displays his "Outstanding Clerical Employee" 
plaque with E. J. Evans, supervisor. Office 
Procedures & Budget, South Shops. Evans 
submitted Alfred's name in nomination for 
the coveted award. 

Bottom right: Harold Geissenheimer (left). 
General Operations Manager, and Nick 
Ruggiero (right), CTA Board member 
representing Chairman Barnes, join Willie 
Lawler Jr., bus operator, 52nd Street garage 
(left of Ruggiero), and Frenchie Ellis, princi- 
pal safety analyst, substituting for Claude R. 
Stevens Jr., principal safety analyst, who was 
unable to attend the awards luncheon. Lawler 
and Stevens received finalist certificates in 
the competition. 





Congratulations are in order for 
1 38 young men and women who com- 
pleted a special Explorer Scouting 
program on April 15. The high school 
students developed career awareness 
through firsthand experience in auto 
mechanics, welding, electricity, and 
carpentry-all under the careful guid- 
ance of 30 volunteer advisors from 
South Shops (see Transit News. March, 

The focal point of the program was 
the construction of an articulated 
mini-bus. The beautifully detailed 
replica of CTA's 'Big Bend' buses, made 
from scrap and donated materials, is 
powered by a one-cylinder gasoline 
engine and features operational head- 
Ughts, taillights, turn signals, and side 
marker lights. The students also refur- 
bished two motorized shop carts 
donated by vendors, decorating one 
with a scalloped paint job and cus- 
tomizing the other with a body 
fabricated from sheet metal to resemble 
the front end of a Flxible bus. And, 
working in the silk screen shop, the 
students produced T-shirts bearing the 
Explorer Scout logo and a drawing of 
an articulated bus as a memento of the 

After certificates were presented to 

Top Photo: Explorer Scouts display their workmanship before receiving graduation certificates 
from General Operations Manager Harold H. Geissenhelmer, seated In articulated mini-bus. Seated 
in the shop cart at right are District General Manager Derek C. Fisk, London Transport, and his 
wife, Audrey, who were visiting CTA facilities. 

Above: Members of the project organizing committee were (left to right): Willie Wong, unit super- 
visor, bus garages; Dick Schneider, area superintendent, automotive vehicle maintenance; Tom 
Wolgemuth, manager. Maintenance; Frank Venezia, superintendent, bus shops; Explorer Executive 
Robert Battle III, and Frank Sprovieri, carpenter leader. South Shops. 
Below: A team of 30 South Shops employees advised the scouts throughout the program. 

the students and advisors, everyone 
enjoyed hamburgers and soft drinks in 
the South Shops lunch room. 

Representing CTA Chairman 
Eugene M. Barnes, General Operations 
Manager Harold H. Geissenhelmer 
thanked the scouts and volunteer 
advisors for their participation and 
said, "CTA is proud to have partici- 

pated in this worthwhile program, 
which provided practical training and 
career motivation to a fine group of 
young people." 

Attending the graduation as guents 
of Mr. Geissenhelmer during their visit 
to CTA were WatUng District (London 
Transport) District General Manager 
Derek C. Fisk and his wife Audrey. 

MAY, 1981 

Superior Public Service Award winners 

Two CTA employees were 
among 12 persons honored at the 
13th Annual Superior Public Ser- 
vice Awards luncheon on April 30 
in the Palmer House. 

They are Len Wiksten, director. 
Plant Maintenance, Maintenance 
department, named Outstanding 
Executive Employee, and Thomas 
E. Alfred, vehicle maintenance 
systems clerk. South Shops, named 
Outstanding Clerical Employee. 

The annual competition is held 
for employees of the City of Chi- 
cago, County of Cook, Chicago 
Park District, Metropolitan Sani- 
tary District, City Colleges of 
Chicago, the Chicago Board of 
Education, Chicago Housing Au- 
thority, and the Chicago Transit 

Two other CTA employees re- 
ceived certificates as finalists. 
They are Claude R. Stevens Jr., 
principal safety analyst. Support 
Services Section, Transportation 
department, a finalist in the P>ublic 
Safety Category, and Willie Law- 
ler Jr., bus operator, 52nd Street 
garage. Transportation depart- 
ment, a finalist in the General 
Services Category. 

Top right; Len Wiksten, director. Plant Main- 
tenance, IVIaintenance department, accepts 
"Outstanding Executive Employee" plaque 
from Barbara Proctor, president. Proctor & 
Gardner Advertising Company, at 13th Annu- 
al Public Service Awards luncheon April 30 
in Palmer House. 

Center: Thomas E. Alfred (left), vehicle 
maintenance systems clerk. South Shops, 
displays his "Outstanding Clerical Employee" 
plaque with E. J. Evans, supervisor. Office 
Procedures & Budget, South Shops. Evans 
submitted Alfred's name in nomination for 
the coveted award. 

Bottom right: Harold Geissenheimer (left). 
General Operations Manager, and Nick 
Ruggiero (right), CTA Board member 
representing Chairman Barnes, join Willie 
Lawler Jr., bus operator, 52nd Street garage 
(left of Ruggiero), and Frenchie Ellis, princi- 
pal safety analyst, substituting for Claude R. 
Stevens Jr., principal safety analyst, who was 
unable to attend the awards luncheon. Lawler 
and Stevens received finalist certificates in 
the competition. 



gears up for 
'Big Bend' buses 

The Maintenance department 
has started gearing up for the ar- 
rival of the 125 "Big Bend " buses 
in 1982 on order from the M.A.N. 
Truck and Bus Corporation with 
U.S. headquarters in Southfield, 
Mich., and a manufacturing plant 
in Cleveland, North Carolina. 

"We want to have our mainte- 
nance instructors and training 
materials completely up to date 
when these new buses arrive," 
said Stuart Maginnis, director, 
support services. Maintenance 

Sixteen persons took part in a 
nine-day maintenance and repair 
training program in the Mainte- 
nance Training Center. The ses- 
sions were conducted by Eric 
Horder and Wilfried Klauer, 
MJ^..N. service representatives, 
for seven days. For two days, the 
participants were instructed by 
Phil Sandburg of the Trane com- 
pany on air conditioning, and Tom 
Phillips of the Wabasto company on 
heating of the big buses. 

The 16 persons were: Mainte- 
nance Training Center instructors 
Richard Cacini, Roger Clemens, 
Michael Dain, Kenneth Polan, 
Richard Guinn, Jamie Morales, 
Redus Miller, and John Thompson. 

Also, bus repairmen James 
Miller (77th Street garage); Rick 
Meyer (North Park garage), and 
Antone Shimkus (Archer garage); 
James Klnahan, training coordina- 
tor, and Lena Phillips, transit 
professional trainee. Training/ 
Development programs, both of 
the Human Resources department; 
Jerry Killman, technical service 
technician, Methods and Standards 
section, and Jim Haworth, field 
service engineer, both of the 
Maintenance department, and 
Clarence Riley, equipment tech- 
nician, Engineering department. 

During the nine-day program, 
the participants were urged to ask 
all questions regarding various 

Above: Rick Meyer (from left). North Park garage bus repairer; Wilfried Klauer, M.A.N, service 
representative; James Miller, 77th Street garage bus repairer, and Eric Horder, M.A.N, representa- 
tive, discuss draining six gallon capacity automatic transmission of "Big Bend" bus in training 
session in Maintenance Training Center. 

Below: Redus Miller (from left). Maintenance Training Center instructor; Wilfried Klauer, M.A.N, 
service representative; Richard Guinn and Roger Clemens, Maintenance Training Center instruct- 
ors, and Lena Phillips, transit professional trainee. Human Resources department, go over 
procedures for muffler installation on big buses. 

aspects of the maintenance and 
operation of the buses from the 
road to the roof, from bumper to 

The CTA's current fleet of 20 
M.A.N, buses are kept at 77th 
Street, North Park, and Archer 

MAY, 1981 

Scouting is 
a family affair 

Bus operator Leonard E. Sims 
is a dedicated member of the Boy 
Scouts of America, and 10 other 
members of his family are also 
affiliated with theB.S.A.'s Midway 
district and with Boy Scout Troop 
500, headquartered in St. Peter's 
Lutheran church, 7400 S. Michigan 

Sims, 34, is a line instructor 
at the North Avenue garage. He 
has been employed by the CTA for 
11 years. 

He has been in the Boy Scouts 
for 20 years. Sims joined as an 
eight-year-old Cub Scout Bob Cat 

and remained in Scouting for a 
number of years, dropped out, then 

At present, Sims is commis- 
sioner of the Midway district com- 
prised of 74 Boy Scout troops and 
Cub Scout packs, with a member- 
ship of more than 1,200 South Side 

Like many adult scout leaders, 
Sims has come up through the 
ranks. Along the way he has 
garnered many of Scouting' s high- 
est honors for his excellent work 
and leadership, as a scout and as 
an adult leader. 

He has served as cubmaster, 
scoutmaster, camping chairman. 
Explorer Scout advisor, and scout 

Sims has recently earned the 
Silver Beaver badge, the Chicago 
Area Council's highest award, and 
the B.S.A. Wood badge. 

Although he serves as district 
commissioner, Sims stays close to 
Troop 500 where he serves as 

This troop, according to the 
B.S.A.'s Chicago Area Council, is 
considered among the highest 
ranking troops in the council. 

"Getting members of my family 
interested in scouting wasn't very 
difficult," Sims said. "Once they 

saw my enthusiasm for scouting, 
they became attracted to the many 
different activities for adults that 
scouting has to offer." 

Sims' wife, Essie, is a district 
imit commissioner; his parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sims, are 
committee members for Troop 
500; his sister, Mrs. Barbara 
Lockett, is a troop commissioner; 
his other sister, Charlesetta, is a 
district unit commissioner; his 
brother, Myron, is a troop adult 
leader; Myron's wife, Denise, is a 
district unit commissioner; his 
daughter, Monica, is an Explorer 
Scout; and his son, Edward, and his 
nephew, Michael, are Life Scouts, 
one rank below the coveted title of 
Eagle Scout. 

Sinis has received yet another 
honor for his scouting leadership. 

He has been named scoutmaster 
for the National Jamboree troop 
of the Chicago Area Council. He 
will be one of eight adult leaders 
and 72 Jamboree troop scouts to 
participate in the 10th National 
Scout Jamboree at Fort Hill, 
Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 29 
to August 5. 

More than 300,000 scouts and 
adult leaders, from all 50 states 
and world-wide scouting associa- 
tions, will take part in the event. 

Hospital volunteer 
earns 3000 hour pin 

Weekends for Sophie Reynolds of the Schedule de- 
partment are dedicated to hospital volimteer work. In 
the past 10 years she has devoted nearly 4,000 hours 
of service at Holy Cross Hospital, 

Her volimteer service which began September 21, 
1971, earned her the 3000 Hour Golden Pin which was 
presented at the hospital's annual February Sweet- 
heart Sunday program in honor of volunteers. 

Working a six and a half hour volunteer day, Sophie 
begins each Saturday at Holy Cross at 2:30 p.m. on 
the Information desk where she hands out passes to 
visitors, answers telephones and delivers flowers, 
candies and other gifts to patients. She also helps by 
serving as a translator for Polish speaking patients 
and visitors. 

"I look forward to my volunteer work on weekends, 
because I feel that no amovmt of money for any job 
would give me the satisfaction which I have enjoyed 
throughout the years at the hospital," commented 

A member of the Holy Cross Hospital staff pins a corsage on Sophie 
Reynolds of the CTA Schedule department who was among honorees 
at the hospital's annual Sweetheart Sunday program. Mrs. Reynolds 
received the 3,000 hour pin for accumulated hospital service since 
September 21,1971. 

Hospital service is not the first time Sophie Rey- 
nolds has ever volunteered for duty. In 1943, she 
raised her hand in allegiance and defense of the na- 
tion as a member of the U.S. Navy where she served 
for two and a half years. 

Sophie, who joined the CTA on August 1, 1973, is 
the mother of two sons and has five grandchildren. 
Her son, Michael, is a stock clerk in Storeroom 57 
at South Shops. 



Frenchie Ellis has role 
in stage production 

Hometown ties and CTA talent 
were combined in a play produced 
recently that has a message for 
everyone. The Greenville Mis- 
sissippi Club of Chicago staged the 
play as one of several fund- 
raising events held each year to 
provide scholarships for Green- 
ville high school graduates going 
on to college. 

Frenchie Ellis, principal safety 
analyst, Methods/Standards, 

Transportatiai department, not 
only acted in the play, but also 
helped design and build the set. 
Ellis studied drama at Colimibia 
College after joining CTA more 
than 30 years ago, but this was his 
first stage role. "It was a lot of 

work and took a lot of time, but I 
enjoyed it," he said. 

Christine Houston, former CTA 
ticket agent and now a full-time 
TV playwright working for Norman 
Lear Productions, wrote and 
directed the play, which was en- 
titled "I Love You Nana." Houston, 
whose husband, Ike, is a motor- 
man, West Section, did the play as 
a favor to Claydia Phillips, a friend 
and one-time teacher at Kennedy 
King College, who had the starring 

The theme of "I Love You Nana" 
concerns the tendency of young 
people to forget about older fam- 
ily members and to want to push 
them aside. It presents the mes- 
sage that, regardless of how old a 
person gets, he can always find a 
way to help a younger person, and 
should be a welcome member of 
any family. 

"I don't want to run your life," 
one of the older players says in a 
key line, "I just want to be a part 
of it." 

Ellis said the play, which was 
presented twice in the Greenville 
group's clubhouse on West 119th 
Street, drew a capacity crowd, and 
provided over $900 for the club's 
scholarship fund. He said it may 
be produced again later this year 
in Chicago and Gary. 

Violette Brooks 
joins library 

Former Leo High School librarian 
Violette Brooks has joined the 
staff of the CTA library in the 
Merchandise Mart. She holds a 
bachelor of arts degree from Illi- 
nois State University at Normal, a 
master of arts degree from Gov- 
ernors State University at Park 
Forest South, 111., and is a mem- 
ber of both the American and Illi- 
nois Library Associations. Ms. 
Brooks is membership chair- 
person of the Children's Reading 
Round Table, an organization 
which promotes reading among 
children and adolescents. She is 
a volunteer with the Chicago Urban 
League as well as the NAACP, and 
is a member of the women's 
chorus of the St. Mark United 
Methodist Church of Chicago. She 
is also the resource person for the 
church school. 

Bob Chambers (left), controller, gave a 
special briefing on CTA control room pro- 
cedures to visitors from the Industrial 
College of the Armed Forces who parti- 
cipated in a special CTA Technical Insti- 
tute recently. The military students were 
reviewing the operation of several transpor- 
tation agencies across the country as part 
of a special curriculum on transportation 
which is offered at the College located in 
Washington. Attending the briefing were 
(from left): Colonel Norbert D. Grabowski 
and Lieutenant Colonel George B. J. Dibble, 
U.S. Army; Lieutenant Colonel John W. Haley 
and Colonel Stanley J. Glod, U.S. Army 
Reserve; George J. Donovan, GS-15, U.S. 
Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Rudolph H. 
Ehrenberg, U.S. Army. 

MAY, 1981 


Machine shop foreman installed as lodge officer 

Ernest L. Johnson, CTA ma- 
chine shop foreman, South Shops, 
has been installed as Worshipful 
Master of Garden City Lodge No. 
59, Free and Accepted Masons. 

Johnson, who is a 32nd degree 
mason, is also a member of the 
Arabic Temple Shrine No. 44, 
Knight Templar, Royal Arch, Royal 
and Select Masters; president of 
the choir at Mt. Olive AME church 
where he also serves as a steward, 
member of Gresham Community 
Coimcil, and a first sergeant with 
the U.S. Army Reserve. He also 
holds the position of captain of the 
Arabic Temple No. 44 Drill Patrol. 

Other CTA employees elected 
to office with Johnson were James 
R. House, foreman, Skokie Shops, 
Junior Warden, and Lawrence A. 
Watts, operator, 69th Street ga- 
rage, secretary. 

Garden City Lodge No. 59, 
which received its charter in 1900, 
has been the Masonic home for 
numerous CTA employees for 
many years. Current members 
include Tobbie P. Gowans, black- 
smith. South Shops, worshipful 
master from 1976 to 1977; Levell 
Nichols, foreman. South Shops; 

Installed as officers of Garden City Lodge No. 59, Free and Accepted Masons were (from left): 
Marvin Ward, Senior Warden; Ernest L. Johnson, machine shop foreman. South Shops, Worship- 
ful Master, and James House, foreman, Skokie truck shop. Junior Warden. 

Charles Dickerson, electrician. 
South Shops; Levell Stewart, mech- 
anic. South Shops; Juan McClellan, 
operator, 77th Street garage; 
Thomas Washington, operator, 
69th Street garage, and Walter 

King, carpenter. West Shops. 

Worshipful Master Johnson re- 
sides on the South Side with his 
wife, Pauline, and two daughters, 
Cilicia Ann and Luctricia Marie, 

Robert Martinez, North Park garage bus operator, holds plaque pre- 
sented to him by the Chicago Police department for his three years of 
participation in the police department's Beat Representative program in 
the 14th District. Program volunteers work closely with the police 
department at the community level in the prevention of crime. On hand 
for the presentation were (from left): Erskine Moore, director. Beat 
Representative program; Sergeant Ben Martinez, Chicago Police Depart- 
ment Public Relations, 14th District; Martinez; Sera Cruz, coordinator. 
Beat Program, 14th District; and Ira Harris, Deputy Superintendent, 
Bureau of Community Services, Chicago Police department. Martinez 
joined the CTA in December, 1975. 


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Bode Obafunwa, chairman of the Lagos (Nigeria) State Metro Line, 
pauses for a look at substation supervisory control units during a recent 
CTA visit. Conducting the tour through the control center were Jerry 
Johnson (left), superintendent, control center, and Harold H. Geissen- 
heimer (right) General Operations Manager. 





Skokle Shop, Emp. 9-18-53 

Douglas, Emp. 11-28-45 
IRA FARMER Sr., Carpenter, 

South Shops, Emp. 2-17-55 

77th Street, Emp. 4-7-48 
WILMA C. HASS, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 7-1-67 

South Section, Emp. 10-13-48 
JOHN W. JAMES, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 1-13-47 
EDWIN C. KENNEDY, Carpenter, 

Skokle Shop, Emp. 9-22-50 
CHESTER T. MAZUR, Combination Clerk, 

Harlem Shop, Emp. 4-9-51 
JAMES L. Mccarty, operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 4-3-51 

Forest Glen, Emp. 2-18-57 

Archer, Emp. 7-13-59 

Datacenter, Emp. 3-19-59 



69th Street, Emp. 7-1-68 
JOSEPH J. KASPER, Bus & Truck Mech., 

South Shops, Emp. 3-31-69 

Service anniversaries in IVIay 

40 years 

Nick K. Simonetti 

South Shops 

Chester C. Zielinski 

South Shops 

Sigtnund E. Dobosiewicz 


Jerry P. Dubin 
North Avenue 

Elmer P. Aust, Maintenance 

iisT nvcEnvcoR.i.A.nvn 


Emp. 3-7-18, Died 2-24-81 
HARRY ASHER, 62, Jefferson Park, 

Emp. 1-25-46, Died 4-10-81 
WALTER BAROWSKY, 72, Beverly, 

Emp. 11-11-27, Died 3-6-81 

Emp. 2-20-43, Died 3-14-81 
EDWARD BOEHM, 78, West Section, 

Emp. 7-2-20, Died 3-28-81 
PATRICK CARROLL, 91, 61st Street, 

Emp. 4-1-20, Died 3-29-81 
ELMER CHAPMAN, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-8-34, Died 3-23-81 
MAURICE CONNORS, 59, Treasury, 

Emp. 1-23-46, Died 3-6-81 
ARTHUR DAVIS, 53, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-2-56, Died 3-15-81 
ELLIS HANDLEY, 88, Lawndale, 

Emp. 8-13-13, Died 3-22-81 
OSCAR HERRING, 44, 69th Street, 

Emp. 3-14-77, Died 4-13-81 
THEODORE HUBBARD, 56, West Shops, 

Emp. 2-22-54, Died 4-1-81 
EUGENE LACY, 64, North Park, 

Emp. 1-9-58, Died 3-27-81 
WILLIAM LANE, 58, Maintenance, 

Emp. 8-1-57, Died 3-5-81 
PHILLIP LEAHY, 58, Schedules, 

Emp. 7-1-41, Died 3-19-81 

HOWARD LOWING, 70, North Section, 

Emp. 8-19-36, Died 3-30-81 
JAMES MOSS, 56, South Section, 

Emp. 12-10-48, Died 3-23-81 

Emp. 5-5-21, Died 3-28-81 
FRANCIS NEUBAUER, 64, North Avenue, 

Emp. 7-6-48, Died 3-10-81 
ALFRED NORRIS, 71, South Shops, 

Emp. 8-28-41, Died 3-18-81 
HAROLD PEDERSEN, 84, West Section, 

Emp. 3-17-14, Died 3-2-81 
FRANCIS PIERSON, 75, Beverly, 

Emp. 10-26-28, Died 3-15-81 
THOMAS RAMON, 50, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 3-17-77, Died 3-25-81 
WALTER REYMOND, 82, Kimball, 

Emp. 12-30-44, Died 3-31-81 
JOSEPH SCHUMACHER, 88, South Sect., 

Emp. 8-4-13, Died 1-27-81 
WALTER SERZOW, 83, Skokle Shop, 

Emp. 1-1-25, Died 3-3-81 
JOSEPH SULLIVAN, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-7-44, Died 3-29-81 
MICHAEL VIRGILIO, 72, Engineering, 

Emp. 7-17-35, Died 2-26-81 
JOHN WAGNER, 80, West Section, 

Emp. 7-26-18, Died 3-9-81 
WALTER W. WARNER, 78, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 10-6-27, Died 3-1-81 

35 years 

James F. Brennan, Schedules 
Robert J. Busam, Forest Glen 
Edwin S. Celovsky, Lawndale 
Anthony M. DeMayo, Forest Glen 
Sam J. Girard, Forest Glen 
Elmer C. Johnson, Kimball 
John Kippes, North Park 
Edward C. Korbus, Archer 
John A. Kurinec, Forest Glen 
Nick D. Lacorcia, Stores North 
George G. Noonan, North Park 
George F. Ochotnecki, Lawndale 
Vito L. Palumbo, Maintenance 
Sheldon M. Rita, Harlem 
Robert C. Sosnowski, 52nd Street 
Joseph G. Steinbach, Archer 
Mathew Szarek, Utility 
John F. Tiffy, Central Bus District 
Wylie D. Webb, 77th Street 
George J. Welling, Beverly 
Edwin T. Wojdyla, District D 
Eugene A. Wrobel, Schedules 
Frank A. Wsol, Far South Area 
John Zupko, Near North Area 

30 years 

Joseph E. Atkins, 52nd Street 
Carl J. Bradley, Ashland/95th 
Walter Campbell, 77th Street 
Calvin L. Coursey, Electrical 
K. C. Davison, Ashland/95th 
Richard H. Hammonds, Maintenance 
Benny J. Herron, Lawndale 
Robert N. Hormel, Electrical 
George M. Isdale, Utility 
William F. Jones, Maintenance 
Gerald Mallory, District A 
James Mincey Jr., District A 
William Monroe, Beverly 
Frank Riley Jr., 77th Street 
Gabriel G. Schiazza, District D 
Ray L. Smith, 98th Shop 
Chester Urban, Schedules 
Tellis Walker Jr., Instruction 
Samuel E. Williams, 52nd Street 
Gordon Woods, Lawndale 

25 years 

Myrtle M. Apitz, West Section 
Luther L. Gaston, Electrical 
Sam Johnson, North Avenue 
Michael Leavy, Howard/Kimball 
Caesar Trent, Beverly 


Volume 34 


Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Typesetting and printing provided by the Manage- 
ment Services Department. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, $2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago. 
Illinois 60654. .^Mtl 

MAY, 1981 


Coffee Pars 
promote safety 

Coffee Pars have been part of 
the Safety tradition at CTA for 
many years. They have helped to 
make it a winning tradition by 
providing an incentive to produce 
a good safety record. 

In March 1981, 77th Street ga- 
rage set a new all-time low for the 
number of traffic and passenger 
accidents in any month. 77th 
Street joins Beverly and Limits 
garages who accomplished this 
feat in February 1981. 

The Safety department buys 
coffee for all operating personnel 
whenever a garage or terminal 
establishes a new accident low. 
This minute expenditure has paid 
off in reduced claim costs. Last 

Tom Boyle, manager. Safety, points to sign congratulating 77th Street garage for establishing a 
new all-time low traffic and passenger accident record at their garage during March, 1981. Bus 
operators enjoying coffee provided by the Safety department are (left to right): Homer Wilkerson, 
Walter Kenerson, James Clark, Robbie Johnson and Frederick Burkes. 

year (1980) nine bus garages and 
two rail terminals established 
new accident low pars. These ac- 

complishments were instrumental 
in establishing the CTA's safest 
year in 1980. 

P. 0. Box 3555. Chicago. Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 





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The back half of the Bus Roadeo course at 77th Street. 
Buses demonstrate (from background) the right turn, 
curbing, 'Y' backing maneuver, left turn, and discretionary 

A forest of orange pylons cast an eerie reflected 
glow in the dim light, and the crisp early morning air 
was charged with anticipation. The day of the com- 
petition was at hand. 

Volunteer judges from every division of the com- 
pany, wearing bright blue and white hats, took their 
positions, and the contest was about to begin. 

As the contestants approached, the driving course 
defined by the pylons began to appear much more 
difficult, because all the competitors were driving 
40-foot CTA buses. During these two Sundays (April 
26 and May 3) at Forest Glen and 77th Street bus 
garages, 101 of the CTA's finest bus operators would 
compete in the first annual CTA Bus Roadeo Contest. 

All the operators had survived a difficult selection 
procedure. A thorough records review had narrowed 
the field from 333 applicants to 155 contestants with 
excellent driving records. During the week of March 
15, a difficult written test concerning defensive driv- 
ing, CTA standard operating procedures, and equip- 
ment troubleshooting had left 101 operators eligible 

for competition. 

Although time would be a factor on the driving 
course, much more importance was given to pre- 
cision driving. Contestants were penalized for going 
off course, touching pylons or tennis balls, and making 
more shifts than necessary to complete each ma- 
neuver correctly. There was a seven minute time 
limit, but the time clock only ran when the buses were 
in motion, since contestants were often required to 
stop while the accuracy of their maneuvers was 

Most of the contestants easily completed the first 
two maneuvers, a serpentine or zig-zag and an offset 
street. Both maneuvers required precise changes of 
direction with close vehicle clearance. 

(Continued Page 2) 




JUNE, 1981 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes visited the 
two Roadeo locations and met with Roadeo 
Committee members. Chairman Barnes mea- 
sures the clearance at the back of the bus in 
the left-hand 'Y' maneuver. Observing, from 
left, are Willie Wong, assistant manager of the 
77th Street competition; Paul Kadowaki, 
Roadeo co-chairman; Norm Herron, assistant 
manager, 77th Street competition; Bill Thom- 
pson, manager of the 77th Street competition; 
Elonzo Hill, Roadeo co-chairman; Ed Mit- 
chell, director of Support Services; John Mc- 
Lain, assistant chairman. Equipment Sub- 
committee; Barnes; James Blaa, manager. 
Transportation, and Bob Desvignes, Awards 
and Finance Subcommittee chairman. 

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Next, the rear dual clearance 
maneuver proved to be very diffi- 
cult. Contestants were required 
to drive the bus so that the right 
rear dual wheels would pass be- 
tween two rows of five tennis balls, 
and the space between the two rows 
was only slightly larger than the 
width of a set of rear dual wheels. 

A demanding right turn with 
minimum clearance then led to a 
curbing or passenger stop. The 
contestants had to drive around 
5 5- gallon drums representing a 

parked vehicle and curb the bus 
within the distance of a simulated 
bus stop. Front wheel clearance 
from the curb had to be 6 inches 
or less, rear wheel clearance 15 
inches or less. 

The next challenge was the right 
half of the 'Y' backing maneuver. 
Contestants drove their buses just 
past two rows of closely spaced 
pylons which extended out from the 
course at a right angle to the 
right, backed their buses in a right 
turn to enter between the rows of 
pylons, and stopped with the back 
of their buses within 36 inches of 
an end pylon centered between the 
two rows. During the driving com- 
petition many pylons were dis- 
placed and points lost at the 'Y' 

problem, and it was not unusual to 
see a bus backing up with four or 
five pylons compressed between 
the rear bumper and rear wheels. 

After carefully exiting the right 
hand 'Y' , contestants negotiated 
a minimum clearance left hand 
turn and circled around the back 
half of the course. Then they per- 
formed a second curbing and a left 
hand 'Y' maneuver. 

Leaving the left hand Y' , the 
run to the finish was all that re- 
mained. The contestants acceler- 
ated to a required minimum speed 
of 20 m.p.h., as measured by a 
Cook County Sheriff's policeman's 
radar gun. They entered the de- 
creasing clearance, two rows of 
pylons which began widely spaced 

Judy and Robert Reno, both laborers at South Shops, measure curbing clearance. 


ABOVE: Craig Lang (second from right), assistant manager of the Forest Glen competi- 
tion, leads judges to assigned positions on Roadeo course. RIGHT: Mary Manoni, Roadeo 
Committee secretary/scorekeeper, and Elliot Linne, assistant superintendent, Congress- 
Douglas, register contestants at scoring table. 

but converged in a 'V toward the 
end pylon, where a judgement stop 
was required within 6 inches of 
the end pylon. 

After all the pylons were col- 
lected and the scores were tallied, 
20 operators emerged as winners 
of the preliminary driving com- 
petition. (Winners and their com- 
ments are featured on pages 6 and 
7.) They will compete at the CTA 
Bus Roadeo Finals at Soldier Field 
on August 23. 

At the finals, the first place 
winner will receive a trophy and 
an all expense paid trip for two to 
ToroQto, Canada. This operator 
will also be CTA's representative 
at the American Public Transit 
Association's (APT A) International 
Bus Roadeo, which will be held in 
the Chicago area, October 8-10, In 
conjunction with the APT A Con- 

The second place winner will 
receive a trophy and a $500 U.S. 
Savings Bond, and will take the 
place of the winner if the winner is 
not available for the International 
Bus Roadeo. 

The third place winner will re- 
ceive a trophy and a $200 U.S. 

Luther Lewis, top winner at Beverly garage 
with 595 points, displays his first place plaque 
as his wife, Dorothy, and children, Lateki and 
Soraya, share the spotlight. Standing with the 
honoree and his family are Transportation 
Manager James Blaa, left, and Director of Per- 
sonnel, Transportation, Harry Reddrick. 

Savings Bond. 

The fourth place winner will re- 
ceive a trophy and a $100 U.S. 
Savings Bond. 

The 20 winners of the pre- 
liminary driving competition will 
receive a pair of dinner-theatre 
tickets and a CTA Bus Roadeo 
commemorative belt buckle and 
belt. Also, the 10 winners from 
these 20 who had the highest score 
from each of CTA's 10 bus garages 
have each received a First Place 
Winner-Garage plaque. 

The operators who competed in 
the preliminary driving competi- 
tion have each received a pair of 
motion picture theatre tickets, a 
Special Recognition certificate, 
and a CTA Bus Roadeo hat. 

The CTA Bus Roadeo Com- 
mittee, headed by co-chairmen 
Paul KadowaM and Elonzo Hill, 
also presented mementos to all of 
the volunteers who donated their 
time to the Roadeo as Committee 
members, subcommittee chair- 
men, judges, scorekeepers, and 
workers at the Bus Roadeo events. 
These included CTA Bus Roadeo 
hats and CTA Bus Roadeo Judge 
belt buckles. (See "Putting it all 
together" on page 5.) 

A CTA Bus Roadeo awards 
dinner will be held on October 2, 
at the M&M Club in the Mer- 
chandise Mart, where the Winning 
Circle 20 and the 1st through 4th 
place winners in the CTA Bus 
Roadeo Finals will be honored. 

JUNE, 1981 

Bill Thompson (4th from right), 
manager of the 77th Street com- 
petition, leads contestants on a 
walk through the course. 

Louis Bieniek, instructor. Forest Glen, logs in starting order numbers 
which were drawn from a hat by contestants. 

Melvin Link, manager of the Forest Glen competition, gives last minute 
briefing to contestants. 

Clarence Junkins (left) issues equipment to judges Robert Reno, 
laborer. South Shops, and Beverly Jackson, employee counselor. 
Human Resources. 

Art Bennett, instructor. Limits Training Center, and Anita Curtis, 
director. Employment and Placement, were scorekeepers at 77th 

FAR LEFT: Joe Daquilante (left), assis- 
tant superintendent. Control Center, and 
Ken Polen, instructor. Maintenance Train- 
ing Center, measure clearance from pylon 
at discretionary stop at end of course. 
LEFT: Radar speed checks of the ap- 
proach to the discretionary stop (mini- 
mum 20 m.p.h.) were provided by Ser- 
geant Manfred W. Braun and other mem- 
bers of the Cook County Sheriff's Police 


Putting it 
all together 

Putting a Bus Roadeo together requires 
people who know how to organize and in- 
struct which is why Elonzo Hill and Paul 
Kadowaki were selected as co-chairmen of the 
Bus Roadeo committee. 

Hill is superintendent of the training 
center at Limits garage, and Kadowaki is 
superintendent of bus instruction. Support 
Services Director Edward Mitchell who re- 
commended the appointments to Transpor- 
tation Manager James Blaa, praised the two, 
along with Robert Desvignes, area superin- 
tendent of instruction, for the superb manner 
in which they handled their assignments. 

As finance and awards subcommittee 
chairman, Desvignes was responsible for the 
prizes awarded to winners as well as caps, 
belts, buckles and other paraphernalia that 
went to all Roadeo participants. 

Other subcommittee chairmen were: 
Wilham Mooney, volunteers; Norman Herron, 
information and pubUcity; Kelsey King, 
material and equipment, assisted by John 
McClain: Mike Lacriola and Mel Link, co- 
chairmen, entry and eligibility; William 
Thompson, site committee; Louis Sanford, 
assistant, finance and awards; Mary Manoni, 
recording secretary. Ronald Baker, Robert 
Bizar and Jack Sowchin were also commit- 
tee members. 

"Anytime there is a job that somebody 
wants to pass on to someone else, they 
usually call on Junior to do it.. .take out the 
garbage, run an errand, etc," said Mitchell. 

"At CTA, Support Services is Junior. 
We are the glue that holds everything else 
together. We are about the business of taking 
care of business, and we had a lot of very fine 
people who helped us put this Roadeo to- 
gether," he added. 

In the Transportation department kudos 
also went to Transportation Manager James 

Blaa who initiated the idea, and Harry Red- 

drick, director, personnel. 

A total of 93 volunteer judges from a 
variety of CTA work locations joined the 
Roadeo committee in helping to make the 
event a success. The list includes: Walter 
Alexander, assistant superintendent/controller 
I, Transportation; Robert Barnes, Mainten- 
ance; John Batzel, controller. Transportation; 
Howard Benn, supervisor, Facihties Planning, 
Operations Planning; Robert Bravi, assistant 
superintendent/controller I, Transportation; 
Robert Brown, laborer, Maintenance; Richard 
Cacini, instructor, Maintenance; McRayfield 
Caldwell, assistant superintendent/controller 
I, Transportation, and Dan Chorak, instructor, 

Other judges were: Anita Curtis, director, 
Human Resources; Beverly Jackson, Human 
Resources; Joe Daquilante, assistant superin- 
tendent. Transportation; Juanita Eden, 
Human Resources; Lampton Evans, assistant 
superintendent/controller I, Transportation; 
Michael Flores, bus operator; Tessa Gaines, 
assistant superintendent, Transportation; John 
Gaul, planner II, Operations Planning; Jim 
Gebis, motor vehicle equipment engineer, 
Engineering. Another member of the Engine- 
ering department working as a judge was 
Craig Lang, project plan/budget coordinator. 

Other Maintenance department personnel 
were: George Greco, Maintenance training 
specialist; Leon Griffith, South Shops; Rich- 
ard Guinn, instructor; Al Haas, unit super- 
visor; Delord Hatcher, painter and finisher, 
"A" leader; Diane Hyman, Jerry Killman, 
South Shops; Tom Kohler, electrical en- 
gineer; William Lambert, unit supervisor, 
bus garages; Robert Lee, field services en- 
gineer; Gordon Maly, unit supervisor, in- 
struction; Peter Manos, industrial engineer 
III; Matt Mantia, unit supervisor; Terry 
McGuigan, superintendent, bus garages; Don 
Moy, architectural engineer II; Robert 
O'Donley, technical services; Walter Paszyna, 
technical draftsman; Ken Pott, James Rappe- 
port. Judy Reno, Robert Reno; Richard 

Schneider, area superintendent. Automotive 
Vehicle Maintenance; Ed Schumaker, 
Methods/Standards, engineer II, and John 

Maintenance department also included: 
Joe Simonetti, Nick Simonetti, unit super- 
visor, South Shops; Frank Sprovieri; Frank 
Venezia, superintendent, bus shops; William 
Wilson, foreman, 52nd Street garage, and 
Willie Wong, unit supervisor, South Shops. 

Others from the Transportation depart- 
ment were: Aaron Henderson, assistant 
superintendent/controller I; Patricia Hodges, 
assignment agent; Kelsey King, Methods/ 
Standards analyst; Michael Lacriola, superin- 
tendent. Limits; Daryl Lampkins, assistant 
superintendent/controller I; Mel Link, assis- 
tant superintendent, instruction. North Ave- 
nue; Elliot Linne, assistant superintendent. 
Near North area; Henry Mosby, laborer, 
Utility; Charles O'Connor, Alfred Pierce, 
William Piatt, Walter Thomas, Daniel Villan- 
ueva, Floyd Williams, Thomas Wilson, Miles 
Smith, and Anthony Smith, all assistant 
superintendent/controller I. Others were Nor- 
man Herron, assistant superintendent. Limits 
Training Center; Louis Sanford, analyst; Ed 
Henry, superintendent, Safety; William Shol- 
dice, supervisor, Training/Development pro- 
grams; Steve Stark, Operations Planning; 
Marilyn Mancini, executive secretary. Chair- 
man's office, and Mary Manoni, analyst, 
Training/Development programs, score 

Instructors who were involved were: 
Thomas Artison, Art Bennett, Joseph Ben- 
nett, Lou Bieniek, Sal CarbonelU, Prestal 
Carnes, Charles Clark, Elijah Coleman, Karen 
Eden, Wilbert Gerrish, Willie Herron, Charles 
Hodges, Frank Jones, Harvey Jones, Wilham 
Jones, Samuel Johnson, Clarence Junkins, 
Bart Kamtak, Richard Lane, Joseph Lasin- 
ski, Arthur Lee, Theodore Mack, EUice Mar- 
shall, John McClain, Billy McKnight, William 
Nash, Lee Oak, John Perkins, Allen Summer- 
set, Joseph Valrierra, Edward Watkins, Myron 
Woods, and John Woodson. 

Kelsey King, assistant manager of the Forest Glen competition and 
Equipment and Material Subcommittee chairman. Insured that there 
would be enough of everything, from pylons and tennis balls to pencils 
and scratch pads, to keep the Roadeo going. 

Jim KInahan (left), technical training coordinator, Training/Develop- 
ment programs, works as a scorekeeper with score marshalls Wilbert 
Gerrish, rail Instructor, and Karen Eden, agent Instructor, both of the 
Transportation department. 

JUNE, 1981 


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Orval Porter — Lawndale (Fin- 
ished first with 639 points) "Its 
beautiful to be in the top 20. It 
was a tough course, but a good 
driver could handle it." 

Eddie Johnson — 77th Street 
(Finished second with 605 
points) 'The Roadeo is a good 
morale booster. It gives the em- 
ployee a target to shoot for, and 
it makes everybody work to 
keep their record dean." 

Winning Circle '20' 

Best in CTA 
Bus Roadeo winners 

"I think anything we can do to get recognition for our employees 
is good. I hope we will make an outstanding showing at the inter- 
national competition." 

-James Blaa, Manager, Transportation 

"It was wonderful to see the operators' families and friends en- 
couraging them throughout the Bus Roadeo competition. We 
hope to see a large turnout at Soldier Field on August 23 when 
the best of CTA vie for the championship." 

-Harold H. Geissenheimer, General Operations Manager 

Robert Richardson — North 
Park (Finished third with 603 
points) "I entered this contest 
with the confidence that I could 
win with God's help." 

Luther Lewis — Beverly (Fin- 
ished fourth with 595 points) 
"Although it was a very chal- 
lenging obstacle course, I put 
God first in my endeavors, 
hoping to place in the top 20 
and take the number one garage 

Willie Whisenton — Limits (Fin- 
ished fifth with 585 points) 
"We should have more activi- 
ties of this type. This is a real 
morale booster and definitely 
something to which we can look 

Gilbert Singleton, Jr. — Archer 
(Finished sixth with 580 points) 
"I think the Roadeo is a great 
idea, and I'm looking forward to 
being first in the next competi- 

Tommy Ross — Forest Glen 
(Finished seventh with 575 
points) 'This was really a great 
challenge and very interesting. 
I'm looking forward to the 
August 23 competition." 

Lee Hazelwood, Jr. — 77th 
Street (Finished eighth with 569 
points) "The Roadeo is an idea 
that gives the operators incen- 
tive. We need more of this be- 
cause it's good for morale, and its 
good public relations." 

Edward Urbanski —Archer (Fin- 
ished ninth with 566 points) 
"Being in the Roadeo is an 
honor. I appreciate the chance 
to represent the garage, and I'm 
looking forward to further parti- 

Martin Troglia — Limits (Fin- 
ished 10th with 558 points) 
"You really find out what you 
know about a bus in an event 
like this. It's one heck of a good 
course. I thought I'd be in the 
top 20 because I take pride in 
my job." 


"It was a dream come true, and it was nice to see our operators 
participating in the Roadeo and enjoying the competition. It 
was also good to have so many volunteers from various depart- 
ments demonstrating CTA teamwork." 

-Paul Kadowaki, CTA Bus Roadeo Co-Chairman 

"Our objectives, which were to recognize the operator, increase 
morale, and promote safety and professionalism, have been 
accomplished beyond our most optimistic expectations." 

-Elonzo Hill, CTA Bus Roadeo Co-Chairman 

"I'm very proud of our people and appreciate their efforts in 
meeting the stringent requirements qualifying them for the 
Roadeo, and for their outstanding performance. Thanks for 
making us look good." 

Harry Reddrick, Director Personnel/Transportation 

"You'd have to participate in order to appreciate what they went 

Edward Mitchell, Director, Support Services 

Jonas Barnett-Lawndale (Finish- 
ed 11th with 552 points) "I en- 
joyed participating in the Roa- 
deo. The 'Y' backing was about 
the toughest part, but it was 
good experience. I look for- 
ward to the final competition." 

James Sernek — Archer (Fin- 
ished 12th with 549 points) 
"The bus Roadeo means that 
management is recognizing us 
which makes the operators feel 
important. I look forward to the 
next level of competition." 

Jessie Witherspoon — 52nd 
Street (Finished 13th with 547 
points) "Besides being a lot of 
fun, the bus Roadeo helps to 
improve driving habits, and 
makes you more alert. I believe 
in trying everything for improve- 
ment. If one guy can do it, so 
can I." 

Booker Bolton — North Avenue 
(Finished 14th with 546 points) 
"We should have been doing 
this a long time ago because 
competition is something we 
always need. This is really a lot 
of fun." 

James Mayes - 69th Street 
(Finished 15th with 542 points) 
"The Roadeo is really nice. It 
takes the support of your wife 
to be successful in an event like 
this. I plan to go all the way." 

Fred Bassett — North Avenue 
(Finished 16th with 540 points) 
"This is one of the greatest 
events that ever happened at 
CTA. I have wanted to get in- 
volved in a bus Roadeo since I 
first read about it in the union 
paper in 1979. I think its a great 

Marilyn Reyes — North Park 
(Finished 17th with 539 points 
tying with 18th place) "I en- 
tered with confidence that I 
would be a winner. I'm looking 
forward to the August 23 com- 
petition with a view to being a 

Curtis Pollard - 52nd Street 
(Finished 18th with 539 points) 
"This is really a great idea. It 
might help some people strai- 
ghten up a bit." 

Harvey Becker — North Avenue 
(Finished 19th with 538 points) 
"The Roadeo is an interesting 
experience. I'm enthusiastic 
about the next round of com- 

David James, Jr. - North Ave- 
nue (Finished 20th with 535 
points) "It was a challenge and 
a real honor to compete with 
people who have been around 
for a while. I'm a new comer 
with three years in the com- 

JUNE, 1981 

Chairman Eugene M. Barnes (extreme left), APTA vice president. 
Governmental Affairs, looks on approvingly as APTA President Leo- 
nard Ronis (right) presents transit's case before U.S. Senate subcom- 

Chairman's Report 

APTA recommends 
block grant 

There have been many anxious moments in the wake 
of speculation on the plight of public transportation, 
particularly as it relates to the CTA. At the same 
time, continuing efforts are being made to find relief. 

Most recently, the American Public Transit As- 
sociation, where I serve as vice president for Gov- 
ernmental Affairs, appeared before the Senate sub- 
committee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Our pur- 
pose was to serve notice of the damage being done to 
the public transit system and to warn of its certain 
collapse should Congress push through major Trans- 
portation Act amendments that would curtail the fund- 
ing of operating expenditures. 

Fare hikes alone will not pay the rising costs, 
neither will shifting the tax burden achieve the de- 
sired result. Public transit, like police, fire pro- 

mittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Other APTA officials were (left), 
John C. Pingree, Salt Lake City, and William Blue of Flint, Mich. 

tection, sanitation, and public schools, is provided as 
a service and should be funded as such. 

Accordingly, APTA recommends that Craigress 
adopt a block grant approach to the distribution of both 
capital and operating assistance. Not only would this 
method of fimding provide the CTA flexibility to de- 
termine how the money is spent, but it is also in keep- 
ing with the philosophy of the Reagan Administration. 

The new attitude is to let State, local and other unit 
governments work out their own problems without in- 
terference from the federal level. 

Surely it is very baffling to all of us, but to ponder 
the situation only adds grey hair which hardly helps 
anyone. I am urging each of you to continue in the ex- 
cellent cooperative and constructive spirit in which 
you have carried on since the crisis developed. 

As men and women of the CTA, let us conserve our 
energies and employ them for the more useful purpose 
of continuing to provide the best possible service to 
the riding public. 

Crisis may come, and crisis may go, but one thing 
is certain, "People moving people" means we'll always 
need you to make it work. 


Employees honored with *A Day in CTA' 

Homage was paid to six employees with 'A Day in CTA' 
as they visited the general office and received special recog- 
nition from the CTA board at its regular June session. 

The six were treated to a visit to the control center, 
travel center and other CTA departments, a picture-taking 
session, lunch at the Merchandise Mart's M&M Club, and a 
round table discussion with management. 

Among the employees were three maintenance personnel 
assigned to Limits garage who alerted the occupants of a 
burning building and helped them evacuate safely. The fire 
occurred on May 7 at approximately 2:45 a.m. as CTA 
acting foreman Thomas Pemberton was checking buses 
parked on the Limits lot. Three other honorees are mem- 
bers of the Transportation department. 

Thomas Pemberton 

Thomas Pemberton, acting foreman 
of the Automotive Vehicle Mainten- 
ance section of the Maintenance depart- 
ment, joined CTA in 1973. 

"Most people in the garage never 
get to see how this system really works. 
The most interesting aspect of visiting 
the general office was the control 
center. It's interesting to know how it 

Patricia Williams 

Bus Operator Patricia Williams of 
North Park garage, given recognition 
for the competent manner in which she 
assisted a rider whose purse was stolen 
on her Sheridan Road bus on April 24, 
was intrigued by the "close-knit" com- 
munications between departments in 
the general office. Noted Ms.WilUams, 
"All the departments are working toge- 
ther to help operating employees do 
their jobs better." 

"It felt good standing up before the 
audience at the board meeting. Just the 
fact that somebody said thank you for 
a good job was really a good feeling. I 
appreciated it." 

Dwyer Williams 

"We are a team that enjoys working 
together. I think the most interesting 
thing about being here however, is 
meeting the people who are really over 
the Maintenance department. I also 
appreciated the board meeting because 
after wit!»8sing what went on, one 
realizes that it is pot all glamour." 

Bus Operator Robert Martinez, 
North Park garage, is also a beat repre- 
sentative for the Chicago PoUce depart- 
ment's 14th District. He was honored 
recently by the PoUce department for 
his outstanding work in .the com- 
munity. Martinez was amazed by the 
number of daily calls handled in the 
Travel Information center, and im- 
pressed by controllers' efforts to work 
with bus operators. "A lot of good 
things are going on in the Mart which 
all of the operating employees should 
be able to see," said Martinez. 

Rafael Presto 
Rafael Presto, a conductor at 54th 
on the Douglas, chased would-be 
robbers recently as they left his train, 
causing them to drop the wallet they 
had taken. Impressed by opportunities 
for advancement. Presto said, "I've 
seen so many people who started as bus 
operators or trainmen, and have now 
worked their way up. With hard work, 
you can be anywhere you want to be 
in the company." 

JUNE, 1981 

Earl Miles (Lawndale garage) 
should be commended for "his 
excellent service" while driving a 
#58 Ogden/Randolph bus, ac- 
cording to Kevin Foster, of 
West End Avenue. "The minute 
anyone boarded his bus, he 
would greet them in a friendly 
manner. He would talk to the 
passengers, trying to cheer them 
up, and on a day as hot as this, 
we needed all the cheering up 
we could get. This driver seems 
to care how his passengers feels, 
and he apologized for two things 
he had absolutely no control 
over -- the bumps in the road 
and the heat on the bus. This 
showed he did indeed want to 
give the public the best possible 

Roland Michalak, agent at Jack- 
son in the State Street subway, 
was praised for his quick offer 
of assistance by Raymond Fried- 
lander, of Lunt Avenue, who 
suffered a circulatory accident 
near his ticket booth. "He was 
helpful, courteous and tactful. 
He offered me his chair, called 
the paramedics, and I waited 
seated until the ambulance ar- 
rived to take me to the hospital. 
After several days in the hos- 
pital, I was sent home to re- 
cover. I just want to tell you 
how grateful I am to the agent 
who perhaps saved my life in 
this emergency. It is good to 
know in these times that there 
are some great people, too, in 
this world." 

commendation corner 

Tereso Morquecho (North Park garage) won the approval 
of Ruth Schaeffer, of North Lake Shore Drive, for his action 
in helping a pedestrian who fell on the street near his #151 
Sheridan bus. "At Oak and Michigan, an elderly lady attemp- 
ting to cross the street lost her footing and fell into the path 
of oncoming traffic. Most people went about their business 
without stopping to lend a hand. Your driver brought the bus 
to a halt, stepped off, and very carefully, with compassion, 
lifted the lady to her feet, stopped traffic, and with the help 
of another gentleman, saw her safely to the other side of the 

Lawrence Jackson (North Section) was the conductor of 
an Englewood/Howard train that Anne Cambal, of Evanston, 
was riding one afternoon. "A man with a child sleeping next 
to him woke the child and beat him. Some of the passengers 
tried to stop the beating, but the man failed to respond 
normally. The conductor arrived quickly, and he calmly tried 
to prevent the man from further abusing the boy. He also 
radioed for the police. He made further efforts to distract the 
man and held the train until the police arrived. I believe his 
quick-thinking actions should be recognized." 

Bobby Bradley (52nd Street garage) was complimented 
by Nancy Ross, of Everett Avenue, for his consideration 
when she fainted on his #6 Jeffery Express bus. "The bus 
was hot and crowded. I was standing at the front near the 
driver. As we entered Balbo from Lake Shore Drive, I knew 
I was going to faint. I told the driver, and he quickly pulled 
over to get me some air. The next thing I remember, I was 
lying on the grass next to the bus. The driver used his brief- 
case for a pillow under my head, and he stayed with me until 
the ambulance came. He was very conscientious and showed 
a genuine interest in my well-being." 

Jacques Yezeguielian (Forest Glen garage) was thanked 
by Mary Krai, of Delphia Street, for helping her mother on 
his #64 Foster/Lawrence bus. "While she was paying her 
fare at Jefferson Park, she was jostled by a young man who 
got on and was asking directions. After he got off, my 
mother noticed that her change purse was missing. She re- 

ported this to the driver, who went with her to the next bus, 
where the suspected man had taken a seat. He told the man 
to give my mother her purse, which amazingly he did. Your 
driver should be commended for extending himself beyond 
his duties and helping a senior citizen." 

Nathaniel Lee Jr. (South Section) was the conductor of a 
Lake/Dan Ryan train that Mrs. T. W. CasseU, of Oak Park, 
rode one day to the Loop. "This young man brings many 
smiles to his riders' faces, and creates an air of camaraderie 
on the train with his passengers. He is courteous and plea- 
sant, and informs his passengers of the condition of the plat- 
forms - shppery when wet, etc. He gives a time report, and, 
above all, thanks his passengers for riding the CTA. He cer- 
tainly can set a precedent, and if more conductors responded 
in kind, the public would be better served." 

James Ball (Lawndale garage) impressed Predrag Ivan- 
ovich, of South St. Louis Avenue, with the way he handled 
riders on his #60 Blue Island/26 bus. "He asked every rider 
paying with a dollar bill to unfold it. He told a passenger who 
boarded with a lighted cigarette that smoking was not per- 
mitted on the bus, and the passenger complied. He told a 
rider who came from the back of the bus requesting a trans- 
fer that transfers are issued only at the time of boarding and 
paying the fare. When a lady boarded with a transfer and 
asked for it back, he told her 'Lady, you have only three 
minutes until it expires,' but gave it back." 

John Zupko (North Section) made it "a pleasure to ride 
the Evanston Express," according to Gary Schmitz, who 
works on North Michigan Avenue. "What made the ride 
special was the conductor's pleasant manner, sense of humor, 
and obviously genuine affection for his riders. When one 
rider, especially pleased by his attitude, asked why he went 
out of his way for people, he responded that with fares going 
up, he felt it was only proper that he make a special effort to 
treat his riders with kindness. He again demonstrated his 
compassion by stopping the train as it left the Merchandise 
Mart to give a small boy the glove he left behind." 



Thanks - - for a job well done 

Charles Agnew, Forest Glen 
John Alessi, Forest Glen 
Nelson Anderson, Ashland 

Sandor Barath, District D 

Adello Bianchini, Howard/Kimball 

Robbie Brown, Limits 

Jean Cage, Limits 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Byung-Yup Choi, North Park 
John Christner, Forest Glen 
Patricia Cobb, North Park 
Jacqueline Cousin, Archer 

Martin Damore, Douglas/Congress 
Rogers Dean, Lawndale 
Guillermo DelRio, North Park 
aarence Dougan, Beverly 
Herman Duffin, Forest Glen 

Sylvester Ermon, 77th Street 
David Evans, North Park 

James Gaines, 52nd Street 
James Gordon, Ashland 
George Grafer, Forest Glen 
Gary Gray, Howard/Kimball 
Keith Griffin, 69th Street 
Terrence Griffin, Limits 
Mary Guice, North Park 

Sharon Hampton, South Section 
Willie Hampton, Lawndale 
Chester Harris, North Park 
Georgia Harris, North Park 
John Harris, Lawndale 
Walter Harris, North Park 
Willie Harria Jr., North Avenue 

Lawrence Hart, North Avenue 
CeceUa Hendrickson, Forest Glen 
Therese Hennessy, Forest Glen 
Peyton Hightower, 77th Street 
Ralph Howard, North Avenue 

Michael Jackson, 69th Street 
Ronald Jackson, 77th Street 
Zeke Jagst, North Park 
Willie Johnson, North Avenue 

William Knight, North Park 
Michael Kozlowski, North Park 
Robert Kremer, North Park 

Ricardo Leiva, Forest Glen 
John Lemond, North Park 
Robert Longbey, 69th Street 
Rafael Lopez, Forest Glen 

Edwin Mahan, Howard/KimbaU 
Michael Maines, Forest Glen 
Kevin Majors, North Park 
Madaline Martin, North Park 
Robert Martinez, North Park 
James McDonald, Lawndale 
Valray Mcintosh, Beverly 
A. D. Merrick, North Avenue 
Lianne Merrill, 69th Street 
Edgar MolUnedo, North Park 
Abraham Morgan, North Avenue 
Sylvester Morgan, 69th Street 

Daniel Olvera, Limits 
Willie Otis, District A 

Billy Ragsdale, 52nd Street 
Clyde Randolph, 52nd Street 
Joseph Reed, Plant Maintenance 

Employees who received commendations 
during the last month. 

Leon Richmond, Lawndale 
Sherman Robinson, North Avenue 
Ivan Rodez, Limits 
David Rosenthal, North Park 

Michael Shelton, North Park 
Kenneth Simpson, North Park 
Herbert Slack, North Avenue 
Robert Smith, 77th Street 
WilUe Stubbs, Lawndale 

Wendell Talbert, North Park 
Edward Tierney, West Section 
Emilio Torres, Limits 
Wilson Torres, Limits 

Arturo Valdez, North Park 
Mitchell VanCleave, North Park 
Garrett Vaught, 77th Street 

Darold Wardlow, Limits 
Fredrick White, North Park 
Ceo la Williams, 52nd Street 
Henderson Williams, Forest Glen 
Russell WilUams, Ashland 
Isaiah Williams Jr., Archer 

Janie Yarbrough, Lawndale 

We apologize to bus operator Michael 
Shelton, North Park, who received 
commendations during February, 1981 
and July, 1980. His name was inadver- 
tently omitted from the commendation 
list in those issues. 


Jack Cannon, former position control analyst, 
Human Resources-Job Classification, has been ap- 
pointed supervisor, Human Resources Information 
Center. In TransportaticBi, two former management/ 
professional interns have been promoted to assistant 
superintendents: Walter Alexander is now assigned 
to District C Service, while Joseph Grady reports to 
the area superintendent. Far South, Personnel. 

In other job reassignments, Rudy Mendez, former 
human relaticms specialist, Human Resourcfes-Human 
Relations, has been named labor relations repre- 
sentative. Labor Relations; and in Human Resources- 
Job Classification, Tomoko Smart has moved from 
position control clerk to position control analyst. 

Patricia Flynn, former secretarial stenographer. 
Materials Management, is now confidential office as- 
sistant. Human Resources-Training/Development 
Programs. New as confidential office assistant. 
Human Resources-Employment & Placement, is 
Diana Blaino, former utility clerk, Law/Claims. 

Three new station clerks have been selected for 

Transportation- Bus Systems: Henry Billups Jr., 
former bus operator, Archer; Harry Boris, former 
street collector. Limits; and Richard Gooden, former 
operator, Beverly. Worthetta Evans, former key- 
punch operator, Datacenter, has been named data 
entry & control clerk. Operations Planning-Schedules. 

At South Shops, Walter Brown has been promoted 
from bus & truck mechanic helper to bus & truck 
mechanic. New at South Shops as a utility clerk is 
Maureen Shore, former typist. Materials Manage- 
ment-Stores. Now serving as utility clerk, SkoMe 
Shop, is Ann Marie Wolf, former typist. Management 
Services-Administrative Services. 

In Financial Services-Materials & Payables, 
Ruthie McPhee has moved from payables utility clerk 
to accoimts payable clerk. Lawrence Tischer, former 
stock clerk. Materials Management- Stores, is now 
money handler, Treasury-Central Coimting. 

Amarilis Figueroa, former typist. Insurance & 
Pensions, has been named technical training clerk, 
Human Resources-Training/Development Programs. 
Carmen Parker, former typist. Insurance & Pensions, 
has been selected utility clerk in the same section. 
Margarita Garcia, former clerk typist. Transporta- 
tion, has been chosen typist, Disurance & Pensions. 

JUNE, 1981 


De LaSalle Inst. 

Ruth Adkins 



U of I Med. Ctr. 

Ruth Adkins 



Morgan Park H.S. 

Bernard Ammons 



Streamwood H.S. 

Gordon Balazs 


Arlington H.S. 

Allan Barker 



Lindblom H.S. 

Isaac S. Seal 

General Operations 


Lindblom H.S. 

Isaac S. Beal 

General Operations 



Tom Boyle 


Gallery of June 

In CTA Families 

Here are the proudest pictures 
of the year identified by name, 
school, parents and parent's 
CTA work location. 


Fenger H.S. 

Preston Brown 

West Shops 


Spellman College 

Carolyn Browne 





Corliss H.S. 

St. Genevieve 

Prosser H. S. 

Roy Cameron Sr. 

Sal Carbonelli 

Sal Carbonelli 

District B 

North Park 

North Park 

Evanston H.S. 
Juanita Clark 


Hillcrest H.S. 

Sylvia Coleman 



Proviso East H.S. 

Charles Cotton 

Jefferson Park 


Tilden H.S. 

Jacqueline Cousin 


Brother Rice 
George Cox 
West Shops 

Mother McAuley 


Jacobs H.S. 

John J. Donohue 



Bogan H.S. 

Edward Evans 

South Shops 


Bowen H.S. 

David Evans Jr. 










South Shore H.S. 

Aquinas H.S. 

Chicago Vocational 

Loyola U. 

Thornwood H.S. 

Mother Guerin 

Paul D. Franks 

John Gardner 

William Greenwood 

John J. Hester 

Paul Rozek 

Joseph InA'in 

77th Street 



North Park 


South Shops 







Lindblom H.S. 

St. Francis DeSales 

Kenwood Academy 

St. Laurence H.S. 

Loyola U. 

Michael Reese N. S. 

Riley January 

Paul Jones 

Robert Julun 

George Kacmarek 

Paul Kadowaki 

Joseph B. Lazzara 

South Shops 

West Shops 

Bus Service 














Loyola U. 

Kennedy H.S. 

Indiana U. 

Triton College 

St. Francis DeSales 

Gordon Tech. 

Joe Lazzara 

Joseph B. Lazzara 

Richard Long Jr. 

Mary H. Manoni 

Sinnie Marshall 

T. J. Mc Donagh 

Grant Program 


District C 


Jefferson Park 

Rail North 


Oberlin College 

Earl J. Mc Ghee 



Fenger H.S. 

Cleophus Mc Ghee 

77th Street 


P.L. Julian H.S. 

Ernestine Mc Williams 

North Section 


Melvin Miller S 
69th Street 

Taft H.S. 
Nick Miller 
District D 


Hyde Park Academy 

Richard Mitchell 


JUNE, 1981 






Westinghouse H.S. 

Good Counsel H.S. 

Calumet H.S. 

Proviso East H.S. 

Johnny Moore 

George Munyer 

William Nichols 

Tnomas G. Popek 



Control Center 



Corliss H.S. 

Barbara Reeves 

Training Center 


Maria H.S. 

Lawrin Riles Sr. 

District B 







Willibrod H.S. 

Rollmg Meadows H.S. 

Benton Harbor H.S. 

Argo H.S. 

Luther North H.S. 

Mather H.S. 

Jonathan Rivers 

Harold Rowbottom 

Taylor N. Sanders 

Cornelius Schaaf 

Donna Schwamb 

Daniel Shelton 

52nd Street 

Street Traffic 

77th Street 

54th Shop 

Grant Programs 

North Avenue 







Western III. U. 

Resurrection H.S. 

Dunbar H.S. 

Paul Robeson H.S. 

U of 1 Circle 

Oak Park/River Forest 

Sarah Woodard 

Malcolm Simpson 

Delores 0. Brooks 

Hank Stinson 

Nick Suero 

R. 0. Swindell 


West Shops 



Desplaines Shop 

Signal Design 







Maria H.S. 

Trinity College 

U. of Illinois 

Mother of Sorrow 

Queen of Peace H.S. 

Curie H.S. 

Jose Valeriano 

Mike Veltri 

McDay Whitaker 

Alton Williams 

Edward Willis 

Ethel Wilson 



77th Street 

Near South Area 

District C 




safety awards 

Public safety awards for the first quarter of 1981 
went to the Lawndale garage and the Harlem-Lake 

Lawndale won the coveted award over nine other 
garages for the second quarter in a row, having cap- 
tured the traveling plaque for the last quarter of 1980. 

The Lawndale drivers compiled a traffic accident 
frequency rate of 4.70 accidents. This was eight per 
cent lower than the system rate of 5.11. The passen- 

ger rate of 0.61 accidents was 39 per cent lower than 
the system rate. Both figures are based on 100,000 
miles of driving. 

Among the rail terminals, Harlem-Lake won top 
honors for the first quarter of this year. The com- 
bined traffic and passenger accident frequency rate 
was 54 per cent lower than the system-wide average 
for the 90-day period. 

The terminal had 86 accident-free days during the 
quarter and its combined traffic and passenger acci- 
dent rate was the best in the rail system. 

The latest award was the 18th for Harlem-Lake 
since the public safety award program began in 1961. 

LEFT: Ray Colello (in sport coat), superin- 
tendent, Lawndale garage, is joined by other 
garage employees in displaying Public Safety 
Award won for the first quarter, 1981. 

BELOW: Tom Boyle (light suit), manager. 
Safety, presents Public Safety Award for first 
quarter, 1981, to Stan Christ, superintendent, 
Harlem-Lake, in the rail terminal's train room. 

JUNE, 1981 


ZAP Awards 

Winning can be contagious — just 
ask the Rail Vehicle Maintenance 
employees at the 54th Maintenance 
terminal and the Rail Vehicle 
Maintenance employees atthe 61st- 
Racine Maintenance terminal. 

The Rail Vehicle repair em- 
ployees at the terminals shared 
first place honors in the Vehicle 
Maintenance Zero Accident Pro- 
gram for the first quarter of 1981. 

The employees of the 54th 
Maintenance terminal had no ac- 
cidents in the first three months of 
this year. The employees at the 
61st-Racine Maintenance termi- 
nal had the lowest accident ratio 

in the same period. 

The last time 54th Maintenance 
terminal employees were in first 
place was in the first quarter of 
1979. The 61st-Racine employees 
won first place honors in the sec- 
ond quarter of 1980. 

Runner-up to the co-winners 
was Harlem terminal. Eight Rail 
Vehicle Maintenance terminals 
take part in the quarterly safety 

The Rail Vehicle Overhaul area 
of Skokie Shc^ continued its win- 
ning way by coming in first for 
this year's first quarter ZAP 
competiticm. This area also was 
in first place for the last quarter 
of 1980. 

In the bus garages competition 

the 77th Street garage came in 
first in the ZAP competition. The 
employees at the 77th Street ga- 
rage last savored first place suc- 
cess in the second quarter of 1980 
in the competition among 10 bus 
garages. Beverly garage came in 

At the giant 77th Street garage 
complex the Unit Rebuild area won 
first place in the bus shops ZAP 
ccmtest for the first quarter of 
this year. 

The Track & Structures group 
of the Plant Maintenance Power 
and Wayarea won the semi-annual 
ZAP safety award. In the Build- 
ings and Grounds area. General 
Maintenance won the semi-annual 
ZAP award. 

Nick Simonetti, unit supervisor, unit rebuild area, bus shops, shows 
employees' first place ZAP award for first quarter, 1981, competition 
they won. 

LEFT: George Haenisch (left), superintendent, rail vehicle shops, presents safety award for first 
quarter, 1981, to George Wylle, blacksmith foreman, who Accepted the award in behalf of rail 
vehicle overhaul area employees In Skokie Shop. ABOVE: John Malloy, day foreman, 54th Ave- 
nue rail vehicle maintenance terminal, displays ZAP certificate for first place, first quarter com- 
petition of 1981 won by all employees of his area. George Klein, car repairer (at Malloy's right), 
displays a $40 gift certificate for a pair of Leigh safety shoes he won in a raffle. To Malloy's left 
is James Dudley, supervisor. Safety, Maintenance department. 



Walter Hallford (in light colored suit), superintendent. Buildings and 
Grounds, Plant Maintenance, presents semi-annual first place award to 

Joseph Fucarino, unit supervisor, general maintenance. 

Members of Skokie Shop's rail vehicle over- 
haul area show their pleasure at winning the 
top honor in safety at the informal award 

Spencer Bennett (right), 77th Street garage 
day foreman, accepts first place ZAP certifi- 
cate won in first quarter, 1981 competition 
by garage employees, from Terry Muellner, 
unit supervisor, Vehicle Maintenance. 

Trackman Richard Liaca (left), iron worker 
foreman Barty Greco (center), and trackman 
Pete Byrne display the semi-annual first place 
safety award won by the employees in the 
track and structure area of the Plant Mainten- 
ance section. 

JUNE, 1981 


Accepting plaques from the Greater Chicago Safety Council for an im- 
proved safety record and low accident frequency in 1980 are, from left, 
Tim Hall, assistant superintendent. North Park; Alex Johnson, area 
superintendent, central personnel; Jim Blaa, manager. Transportation; 
Jim Roche, director. Utility; Mack Porter, superintendent, 77th Street 
garage; J. C. White, superintendent, 69th Street garage; David Martin, 
area superintendent. Near North; Mike Lacriola, superintendent. 
Limits garage; Bill Moser, area superintendent. Far North; Joe Stein- 

Safety Council honors CTA 

The Greater Chicago Safety Council has given 
recognition to all 10 of the CTA's bus garages and its 
Transportation Utility section for their improved 
safety record and low accident frequency in 1980. 

It was the first time in CTA's history that all bus 
garages have accomplished such a record in the same 
year. Their combined efforts helped CTA establish 
its safest year ever. 

Plaques were presented to representatives of the 

bach, superintendent. Archer garage; Ward Chamberlain, area superin- 
tendent. Near South; Vic Johnson, superintendent. North Park garage; 
Frank Wsol, area superintendent. Far South; E. C. White, superinten- 
dent, 52nd Street garage; Ray Colello, superintendent, Lawndale 
garage; Burnett Henderson, superintendent, Beverly garage; Hugh 
Masterson, superintendent. Forest Glen garage; Tom Boyle, manager. 
Safety, and Bob Desvignes, superintendent. Instruction, Transporta- 
tion department. 

various garages and the Utility section on May 11 at 
the coimcil's annual awards dinner which was held in 
the Great Hall of the Pick-Congress Hotel. In ad- 
dition, plaques were awarded to four non-operating 
areas (Rail Vehicle Terminals, Rapid Transit Trans- 
portation, Surface Transportation, and General Of- 
fice) for an overall reduction in Industrial accident 

The Greater Chicago Safety Council promotes 
safely among all oi^anizations operating large fleets 
of vehicles within the Chicago area. 

West Section 
receives degree 

Robert McClure Jr. 

A West Section motorman was 
graduated from Kennedy-King Col- 
lege with an associate of arts 
degree in sociology during com- 

mencement exercises last month. 

The ceremony culminated three 
years of academic study towards 
the AA degree for Robert Mc- 
Clure Jr., a CTA employee since 
1969. McClure also is associate 
pastor of Emerald Avenue Church 
of God where his ministry is de- 
voted primarily to coimseling. He 
has frequently received special 
church recognition for participat- 
ing in seminars and workshops for 

Rev. McClure esqjects to con- 
tinue his academic pursuits 
towards a bachelor of arts degree 
in sociology, and ultimately an 
MA degree in theology. He is 
currently enrolled in a theology 
correspondence course at Gulf 
Coast Bible college, Houston, 

McClure' s wife, Shirley, is an 
assistant superintendent assigned 
to the director of personnel. 
Transportation department. 

Donna L. Cooper, the daughter of Allen L. 
Cooper, bus repairman at Beverly garage, was 
admitted to the Illinois State Bar last month. 
Miss Cooper received her jurist doctorate 
from DePaul University Law school, and 
holds a bachelor of science degree in speech 
from Northwestern university. 



A proud father, a proud grandfather 

Edward Levandowski Jr., an 
instructor at Lawndale's Main- 
tenance Training Center, has been 
the epitome of a proud father since 
the recent accomplishments of his 
9-year-old daughter, Deanna, and 
7-year-old son, Eddie. 

The pride is shared of course, 
by the children's grandfather, Ed- 
ward Levandowski Sr., superin- 
tendent of Central Counting at 77th 

Deanna, a fourth grader at 
Sunnyside school, Berkeley, was 
the recent winner of a cultural 
arts award and has been chosen 
to represent the Berkeley school 
district in the Illinois Conference 
of Parents and Teachers Cultural 
Arts competition with her poem of 
"What a Family Means to Me." 

Meanwhile, son Eddie, a first 
grader, brought home prizes for 
the whole family after a day at 

Bozo's Circus. His cache included 
four tickets for activities at Wis- 
consin Dells, four tickets for a 
Chicago Sting Soccer game at 
Comiskey Park, a bike, a $50 bill, 
and an assortment of toys and 
electronic games. He also re- 

ceived a gift certificate from a 
hair stylist. 

The boy was selected to be on 
the show in a random drawing after 
he was invited to accompany a 
friend to the popular televised 

Purchasing Council awards certificate for minority activities 

The Chicago Regional Pur- 
chasing Council ^ave special rec- 
ognition to the CTA at its annual 
Buyers Award diimer in April. 

Ms. Olivia Bradley, market 
research analyst in the Purchas- 
ing department, and the depart- 
ment's council representative, 
accepted the certificate on behalf 
of the CTA for its effort to pro- 
mote minority businesses. 

The certificate reads that the 

CTA as a member of the CRPC is 
"illustrating its corporate com- 
mitment to promote and support 
the participation of minority 
business enterprises in the econ- 
omicc mainstream of corporate 
purchasing in the Chicago Metro- 
politan Area." 

Since 1977, the Purchasing de- 
partment has participated in the 
Transportation Subcovmcil of the 
CRPC, which develops minority 

owned and operated companies to 
provide materials and services 
needed to operate transportation 

Minority bidding on CTA pro- 
posals has also tripled since CTA 
began participating in the Chicago 
Business Opportunity Fair spon- 
sored by CRPC. The fair is de- 
signed to bring corporate pur- 
chasing agents and qualified ven- 
dors together. 

Lt. Paul Wallace 

elected president 

of justice 


;- / ' 

Lt. Paul Wallace, Security de- 
partment, has been elected national 
president of the American Crimi- 
nal Justice Association— Lambda 
Alpha Epsilon— at the association's 
annual convention recently held at 
Sam Houston State university, 
Huntsville, Texas. 

The American Criminal Justice 
Association is headquartered in 
Sacramento, Cal., and was founded 
in 1937. Lt. Wallace has been an 
association member for 10 years. 

The association promotes pro- 
fessionalism through education 
and training in the field of crimi- 
nal justice. 

JUHE, 1981 


Theodore "Cap" Manuel, a Human Resources/ 
Job Classification personnel analyst, and a 
staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, 
has been named noncommissioned officer 
in charge of the Contracting Section with the 
928th Tactical Airlift Group at O'Hare Field. 
The section, which includes a contingent of 
civilian personnel as well as Air Force reser- 
vists, handles all purchasing under $10,000 
with the exception of aircraft parts. Sergeant 
Manuel was recently awarded the Air Force 
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf 
cluster. He holds a bachelor of science degree 
in organizational behavior/personnel from 
Northwestern University. He was employed 
by CTA as a bus operator in 1973 and as- 
sumed duties as a traffic checker In 1977. 
Manuel was appointed personnel analyst last 

Ernie Banks 
releases record 

CTA Board Member Ernie Banks, 
Baseball Hall of Famer turned banker, 
has released a single on the Wanna 
Records label called "Teamwork." 

Working with new Chicago talents. 
Banks has made "Teamwork" the name 
of the game as well as the song. 

Vocals, appropriately enough, were 
provided by the "Luva Bulls" and the 
"Honey Bears," cheerleaders for the 
Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears, 
assisted by the Cliicago-based group 

"Spirit." Contributing a few "Hey- 
Heys" was Jack Brickhouse, long-time 
friend and associate of Banks. 

When asked why he chose to work 
on a recording. Banks said, "I want to 
lend my success to what Chicago has 
to offer. There is so much talent right 
here, if we can pull some of it out - 
well, that's just great!" Lewis Pitzele, 
president of Wanna Records, Inc., 
agreed with Banks that the area talent 
needs to be recognized and nurtured, 
and said, "It's time that entertainment 
capabilities of our area flourish here 
rather than migrate to Los Angeles or 
New York. I think Ernie wants this as 
much as I do." 

Dianne Weier dons a Hawaiian lei as 42 
friends and coworkers feted her at a farewell 
party recently in the M&M Club. The Forms 
Design section employee said goodbye to 
Chicago as she headed for the Hula State to 
start a new career. Serving on the special 
committee to wish her adieu were, from left, 
Mary Boski, director, Forms/Records Manage- 
ment; Dianne, Linda Lundberg, Materials 
Management; Adele Monson, Forms Design; 
Carol Hardy, Human Relations, Darlene 
Tribue, Budget; Marti Hallock, Materials 
Management; Nancy Kurowski, Job Classifi- 
cation; Barbara Parker, and Judy Weier, 



Archer Bandits 
bowling champs 

The 77th Street Operators 
Bowling League ended its 1980-81 
bowling season with the Archer 
Bandits as the number one team. 

In second place were the 69th 
Street Raiders, with the Pin Bust- 
ers and Boozers finishing third 
and fourth, respectively. 

League president, Booker 
Byers, expressed his thanks to all 
the teams participating for an ex- 
cellent season. 

THE CHAMPS: Proudly displaying their first-place trophies are, from left, Herbert Hodge, Tal- 
madge Ireland, Horace Kemp, Donald Grant and James Coleman. 

69TH STREET RAIDERS: From left are 
Thurman "Termite" Collier, Ron Wheatly, 
Leon Harris and Elvin Simpson. Team mem- 
bers Lorenzo Ballard and Norwood Duff 
were not present when picture was taken. 

PIN BUSTERS: From left are Wilson Washington, Rufus Meeks, 
Kathy, standing in for C. V. Johnson, Luther Lee and Tex Battles. 

BOOZERS: From left (standing) are Charles Parham, Elijah Coleman, 
Jomo Kenyatta, James "Rip" Person and Wade Simmons. Kneeling is 
Jimmie Beatty. 

JUNE, 1981 


Labor Relations' Walsh retires after 35 years 

James H. Walsh, superintendent, 
Grievance/Arbitration Processes, was 
the guest of honor at a retirement cele- 
bration held in the CTA board room at 
the Merchandise Mart. 

CaUing it an ambivalent occasion. 
Labor Relations Manager Leon Wool 
said, "It is ambivalent because we are 
happy for Jim in his retirement, yet we 
are saddened by the fact that he is 
leaving us." 

More than 75 persons attended the 
celebration where the guest of honor 
was presented with monetary and mer- 
chandise gifts. He was accompanied by 
his wife, Josephine, and a son, James 
R.Walsh of Warrenville. 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes, 
recalling that the CTA had recently 
hosted a meeting of APTA officials, 
told Walsh and his well wishers, "The 
leadership and experience that people 
come here to see is found in people 
like Jim. We appreciate your efforts 
and the fine dedication which you have 
contributed in your 35 years of service 
to the CTA." 

Walsh who retired June 1 , began his 
career on April 29, 1946 as a 77th 
Street motorman. A former infantry 
officer, he was recalled to active mili- 
tary service in 1949 with the rank of 
first lieutenant. 

He returned to the CTA in 1951 as 
a bus operator assigned to Beverly Gar- 
age and in 1957 was promoted to 
supervisor. District A, Transportation. 
For the next 20 years his career soared 
through various assignments from in- 
structor to station superintendent. 

He joined the Labor Relations sec- 

Family and friends came to say thanks for a job well done. From left. Chairman Barnes, Mr. and 
Mrs. Walsh, and their son, James R., and CTA Board Member Howard Medley. 

tion on January 1, 1978 as a represen- 
tative and was named superintendent 
on May 6, 1979. 

General Operations Manager Harold 
H. Geissenheimer, in his congratulatory 
remarks to Walsh said, "What is good 
for the CTA is good for the employee, 
and what is good for the employee is 
good for the CTA. What you have done 
in your capacity in Labor Relations is 
to bring the two together, and it is 
very much appreciated." 

James Blaa, manager of Transpor- 
tation, said, "The Transportation depart- 

ment was fortunate to have had the dis- 
tinguished service rendered by Jim. 
When I^bor Relations borrowed him 
from us we didn't think they would 
keep him, but we knew that he would 
do a good job for them." 

Walsh will continue to make his 
home in Worth, 111., and plans to devote 
time to traveUng, playing the organ and 
golfing. Other members of the Walsh 
family include daughters Theresa of 
Kingston, Jamaica, Mary Louise of 
Palos Hills, Joanne of Houston, and 
Barbara of Worth. 

ABOVE: Labor Relations Manager Leon Wool presents official retirement papers to Jim as he ends 
35 years of service with the CTA. Standing with the honoree is his wife, Josephine. 
RIGHT: Mementoes of a fine career were presented to Jim by his co-workers. 




FRANK BONK, Signal Maintainer, 

West Shops, Emp. 1-28-46 
FRED FRIEB, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 3-11-46 
FLOYD GRAJEK, Box Puller, 

Beverly, Emp. 10-20-47 
GEORGE HARDY, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 2-4-57 

North Section, Emp. 10-5-53 
JOHN SHANAHAN, Car Repairman, 

61st Street, Emp. 9-13-50 
JAMES WALSH, Grievance Arb. Proc. 

Labor Relations, Emp. 4-29-46 

Maintenance, Emp. 8-18-52 


JESSE ROBINSON, Electrician, 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 5-8-70 

Limits, Emp. 4-3-67 

Service anniversaries in June 

Seniors plan 
annual picnic 

The CTA Senior Citizens Retirement 
Organization will hold its annual picnic on 
August 8 at National Grove #2 located in 
North Riverside, approximately two blocks 
west of Desplaines avenue at 2900 South. 

The picnic will begin at 9 a.m. and end 
at sunset, and it will feature afternoon 
dancing in the pavihon and prizes and 
gifts for everyone. 

The organization is non-profit and is 
comprised of retired CTA and predecessor 
company employees whose membership of 
nearly 1,500 extends throughout Chicago- 

Anyone needing more information 
about the picnic or wishing to donate 
prizes, gifts of merchandise certificates, 
or other suitable items should write Jack 
Kalka, the picnic chairman, at 1546 S. 
Clinton avenue, Berwyn, llhnois 60402. 
or call him at (312) 484-6610. 


Volume 34 

Number 6 

Published for employees and retirees of the 'CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant; 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers; Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Typesetting and printing provided by the Manage- 
ment Services Department. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Pl aza. P.O. Box 3555, Chicag 
Illinois 60654. 

40 years 

30 years 

Ted Nadrowski 


George J. Macak 

Operations Planning 

35 years 

Michael J. Borcheck, Forest Glen 
Clarence R. Dougan, Beverly 
Lloyd Ferdinand, 52nd Street 
Joseph G. Franchi, South Shops 
Dino Fuggiti, Electrical 
Ted J. Galus, Forest Glen 
Henry G. Gerali, Forest Glen 
William F. Glassner, IVlaintenance 
Clarence Halbert, IVlaintenance 
Wayne A. Hansen, IVlaintenance 
Harry S. Hawke, Skokie Shop 
Patrick J. Hoey, Maintenance 
Rocco lacullo. Law 
John F, Kelly, 52nd Street 
Howard W. Lodding, Electrical 
Flarzell Moore Sr., 77th Street 
Frederick Moss, 77th Street 
Richard T. Norton, Electrical 

Delmus A. Allen, Ashland/95th 
John A. Bright, Forest Park 
Harvey E. Brock, 69th Street 
Charles B. Brown, 61st Street 
Martin Conneely, 61st Street 
John Cook, 61st Street 
Mitchell P. Faczek, Skokie Shop 
Willie Franks, Maintenance 
Dennis K. Gibson, Ashland/95th 
William Greer, 77th Street 
Robert E. Hardy, IVlaintenance 
Herschel R. Harris, 77th Street 
Maxine E. Jefferson, Agents Office 
Dave Johnson, Maintenance 
Melvin Jones, Ashland/95th 
Clarence Junkins, Instruction 
Alfonsas Lauras, Racine 
Thomas R. McKeon, Utility 
George W. Nicholson, 98th Shop 
Patrick M. O'Connor, Wilson 
John D. Orange, 61st Street 
Clarence N. Parks Jr., 77th Street 
Tommie J. Pertee, Racine 
William A. Szabelski, South Shops 
Charles E. Walker, 77th Street 
Houston H. Washington, Ashland/95th 
Frank S. Zabrowski, North Park 

25 years 

L. J. Hampton, North Avenue 
Willie B. McGee, Beverly 
Leonard C. Moore, 77th Street 
Willie V.Webb, Lawndale 

John P. O'Connor, Operations Planning 
Joseph M. Siegal, Power/Wiring 
Casmir J. Strzynski, South Shops 
Edmund Wojcik, Howard/Kimball 

irr 3vnE]nvEOi^i.A.3vn 

JOHN AMBROGIO, 64, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 7-18-57, Died 4-6-81 
THOMAS BENNETT, 92, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 7-15-06, Died 4-22-81 
JOHN BIELAT, 85, Rapid Transit, 

Emp. 10-1-18, Died 4-12-81 

Emp. 8-29-23, Died 4-11-81 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, 77, South Section, 

Emp. 10-22-45, Died 4-28-81 
WILLIAM DONNELLY, 70, West Section, 

Emp. 11-9-36, Died 4-23-81 
ROBERT DURFEE, 66, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 7-29-43, Died 4-28-81 
JAMES FANTROY, 61, South Section, 

Emp. 8-8-68, Died 4-5-81 
GERTRUDE HOLBROOK, 85, West Section, 

Emp. 5-2-39, Died 4-25-81 
IRVING KERSH, 36, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-6-67, Died 4-26-81 
THOMAS LANIGAN, 75, Electrical, 

Emp. 3-17-30, Died 4-19-81 
MICHAEL LAVELLE, 82, Beverly, 

Emp. 4-9-43, Died 4-26-81 
FRANK LITTLE, 83, Wilson, 

Emp. 4-20-25, Died 4-29-81 

WALTER MAJCHRZAK, 78, West Section, 

Emp. 2-4-37, Died 4-9-81 
THOM'\S MASON, 78, Instruction, 

Emp. 12-10-28, Died 4-3-81 

Emp. 2-3-27, Died 3-12-81 
FRANK MORAN, 70, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-22-41, Died 4-27-81 
JOHN O'CONNOR, 83, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-24-20, Died 4-20-81 
CONNIE PEOPLES, 61, Archer, 

Emp. 2-16-45, Died 4-1-81 
ALBERT ROSS, 92, West Section, 

Emp. 1-14-13, Died 4-29-81 
BYRON SLEE, 74, Limits, 

Emp. 11-4-42, Died 4-30-81 
RAYMOND TROY, 64, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 1-6-49, Died 4-17-81 
NICK VUKELICH, 90, Track, 

Emp. 9-6-29, Died 4-5-81 

Emp. 11-15-47, Died 5-4-81 
BERNARD ZESCH, 75, Beverly, 

Emp. 12-19-33, Died 4-20-81 

JUNE, 1981 


The CTA Culture Bus service began its fifth year of service on Memorial Day, May 25th, 
serving 29 museums and cultural attractions on the North, South, and West Sides of Chicago. 
The service will operate on Sundays, July 4th, and Labor Day, Sept. 7th, through October 

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New vehicles will serve 
mobility limited riders 

September 8 is the target date for launching the 
CTA's pre- scheduled, door-to-door service for per- 
sons within the City of Chicago who have severely 
limited mobility. 

This special transportation service will operate 
primarily with a fleet of 20 mini-buses (numbered 100 
to 119) tailored specifically for the needs of the 

The mini-buses, built by Superior Bus Manufactur- 
ers, are 24 feet Iraig, eight feet wide, and nine feet 
high. Each is equipped with a special wheelchair lift 
which is also used to make access easier for ambu- 
latory persons not confined to wheelchairs. The ve- 
hicle design section of CTA's Engineering department, 
headed by Bhupindar Mallhi, was responsible for the 
design and construction management of these buses. 

Each mini-bus will accommodate 12 passengers 
including three in wheelchairs, or 15 passengers with- 
out wheelchairs. The manufacturer has included three 
jump seats which may be folded up to provide space 
for wheelchairs which are then locked into place by 
special devices. Seat belts, which have also been in- 

One of the 20 new mini-buses to be used in the special transportation 
service for handicapped riders. QCD 1 fi 1Qft1 

stalled, are mandatory^-p^d^;.^^^^ |mr#86^Ty 

The CTA purchased the 20 air-conditioned buses at 
a cost of $1,672,000. Funding is being provided by the 
U.S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration and 
the Illinois Department of Transportation. Funding is 
anticipated for an additional 20 buses to be purchased 
later this year. 

The inventory of equipment for the Special Ser- 
vices program will also include several Fbdble 
3300 series buses, previously used in the regular CTA 
fleet, to be retrofitted with wheelchair lifts and wide 

Bus 130, the first in the 3300 series to be con- 
verted, which would normally provide seating for 44 
riders, has been specially tailored for the handicapped 
and wiJJ seat 18 riders including seven in wheelchairs. 

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JULY, 1981 

Willie Wong, unit supervisor, Maintenance, 
demonstrates wheelchair lift on mini-bus for 
Alan F. Kiepper (left). General Manager, 
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority 
(MARTA); CTA General Operations Manager 
Harold H. Geissenheimer; CTA Chairman 
Eugene M. Barnes, and CTA Transportation 
Manager James Blaa. 

Work crews in the 77th Street bus shops removed 
all forward facing seats, made body modifications, cut 
a larger entrance at the center door, and installed a 
Vapor step lift for wheelchairs. Jump seats, wheel- 
chair locks, and seat belts were also installed in the 
Flxible buses. Both the exterior and interior of the 
bus have been repainted. Major craftsmen on the bus 
modification team were: Frank Venezia, superintend- 
ent, bus shops; Willie Wong, unit supervisor, mainte- 
nance; Robert Lee, product engineer; Robert McColl, 
carpenter; Donald Freebaim, electrician; Fred Or- 

mins and Michael Regan, mechanics. 

Service for the elderly and handicapped will be 
available on a pre-scheduled basis, Monday through 
Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 
Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning 
in Scptemter. 

Operators for the special service have already been 
selected and are being trained to provide individualized 
attention to the transportation needs of handicapped 

Three retractable seats and wheelchair locking devices are provided in 
each of the minibuses from Superior Bus Manufacturers. 

Wheelchair locking device with seat belt retractor provides maximum 
riding safety for passengers. 


Bus 130, formerly a 3300 series FIxible bus, 
was refurbished and converted at South 
Shops to accommodate handicapped riders. 

Above and above right: Judy Benson, chairperson for the Advisory 
Committee on Service for the Disabled, is among the first to try the 
wheelchair lift on retrofitted FIxible Bus 130 on display at the 
Merchandise Mart Plaza. Isaac Beal, superintendent. Special Services, 
observes while Rudolph Roach, bus instructor, monitors the operation 
from inside the bus. 

Bottom right: Buckling up for safety, as demonstrated by Hollis 
Hawkins, a member of the advisory committee, will be mandatory for 
wheelchair users. 

JULY, 1981 

New rail service instructors and their mentors paused briefly for the 
photographer. The recently certified instructors are, seated (from 
left). Ivory Davis, Gerald West, Alexander Chacko, Lonnle Perry, and 
Charles Young. Standing (from left). Bob Janz, superintendent, rail in- 
struction; Elonzo Hill, superintendent, training center; Paul Kadowaki, 
superintendent, bus instruction; Edward Mitchell, director, support 

Rail instructors graduate 

Five employees received certificates July 8 sig- 
nifying the completion of their training as rail ser- 
vice instructors. 

They are Alexander Chacko, Lonnie Perry, Ivory 
Davis, Gerald West, and Charles Young. 

General Operations Manager Harold Geissenheimer 
congratulated the graduates and extended the best 
wishes of CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes. 

The graduation program, held in the CTA Board 
room, included guests of the graduates. 

Edward Mitchell, director, support services. 
Transportation Department, acted as master of 

The graduates marked the end of their training as 
instructors. They will join an instructors' pool to 
help train rail operating personnel at the training 
center, 2684 N. Clark Street, as well as In the field. 

In answer to the question, "What will be your 

services; Mel Link, assistant superintendent, bus Instruction-north; Bill 
Thompson, assistant superintendent, bus instruction-south; Art 
Hubbard, assistant superintendent, rail instruction; Norm Herron, 
assistant superintendent, training center, and Ulysses Coley, rail in- 

greatest challenge as a rail instructor?" the five 
graduates gave the following replies: 

Alexander Chacko: "To use the knowledge I re- 
ceived in training and to provide operating personnel 
with the information to help them improve their ef- 

Lonnie Peny "Making certain that I'm abreast 
of the latest changes and improvements with which to 
help the students and retrain current operating per- 

Ivory Davis: "This whole new area will be a 
challenge to me. I want the training I've received to 
help me to help Improve the motormen, conductors, 
switchmen, and towermen who are the operating per- 

Gerald West "To be able to deal with the operat- 
ing employees effectively and to live up to the poten- 
tial my Instructors say I have." 

Charles Young: "To pass on the results of the fine 
training I've received to those operating personnel 
who may need some help to more effectively perform 
their duties." 


Employees honored with 'A Day in CTA' 

A special group of employees in the Vehicle Maintenance 
section at Archer Garage joined forces with management last 
month in giving special recognition to one of their own who 
was honored among six outstanding employees selected for 
'A Day in CTA.' 

Thomas N. Puralewski, a combination clerk at Archer, 
won the admiration of bus servicers and repairers for his help 

in everyday problems. To show their appreciation, a letter 
of commendation signed by 19 of his Vehicle Maintenance 
coworkers, was sent to management. 

The five other employees spending 'A Day in CTA' were 
honored for acts of heroism and compassion or good job 

Although passengers on his evening rush 
hour northbound train to Howard terminal 
refused to get involved, motorman Lawrence 
Jackson intervened on behalf of a small child 
who was being physically abused by a male 

"People were just sitting there watching 
while this man repeatedly slammed this little 
boy's head against the window," said Jackson. 
The child, about four years old, was so 
terrified he was no longer crying, Jackson 
said. A veteran of six years with CTA, 
Jackson talked with the man while poUce 
were being notified. Officers later removed 
the passenger from the train. Transportation 
officials called Jackson's response an act of 

Tom Green, a plant maintenance em- 
ployee who joined CTA in October 1966, 
was working on the station platform at 
Washington-Madison in the Dearborn subway 
when he heard a rapid transit passenger cry 
out, "pickpocket." 

Responding to the alarm. Green grabbed 
a man who was trying to remove something 
from a purse, but a second assailant helped 
the man escape. Meanwhile, Green, with the 
aid of others, restrained the second man, 
holding him until transit aids and police 
arrived. Green was commended by the 
Chicago Police Department. "1 appreciate 
the recognition," said Green. Regarding 
'A Day in CTA' Green said he was impressed 
with the board meeting. 

The quick thinking of motorman John 
Lagon, a 12-year veteran of CTA service, 
averted loss of life, or injury to the occupants 
of a burning building in the 1700 block of 
West Roscoe on the Ravenswood rapid 
transit line. 

Lagon was headed north at 2 a.m. on 
June 10 when he saw the fire. He stopped 
his train and began sounding his hom until 
the tenants came out to see what the noise 
was all about. "When 1 saw people in the 
yard of the burning building, I knew I had 
accomplished my goal, and proceeded on my 
route," said Lagon. Neighbors, including 
North Park bus operator Vern FeuUng, called 
CTA management to express their appreci- 
ation for Lagon. 

Duane Kuchenny, a material handler 
at Forest Glen Garage, and CTA employee 
of 16 years, receive.d a commendation from 
the Internal Auditing department for keeping 
such an adequate parts supply at Forest Glen, 
reducing the number of units on hand, and 
generally exercising control over his inventory 
and stockroom. "1 was very surprised, but 
very pleased," said Kuchenny. 

When Harry Madix, a switchman at 
Howard terminal, saw smoke at 4:25 a.m. on 
April 8 he knew there was fire, but assumed it 
was on a platform until he realized it was 
pouring from a residential building adjacent to 
the terminal. 

"The first thing 1 did was make sure 1 
would be able to get out of the building once 
I got inside," said Madix who joined the CTA 
on November 29, 1968. Assured of an escape 
route, he rushed into the building and began 
alerting tenants to the danger. Firemen were 
called and directed to the burning building by 
other terminal employees. 

Thomas Puralew/ski joined the CTA in 
February 1977 and was promoted to conbi- 
nation clerk the following year. He has per- 
formed in this capacity at Archer Garage with 
enthusiasm and efficiency. Obviously sur- 
prised when informed about the letter his co- 
workers had written to commend 'his per- 
formance, Puralewski said, "I knew nothing 
about this. I simply had no idea. I try to 
speak to everyone, and to be as pleasant as 
I can." 

JULY, 1981 

Angelo Sturino (North Section) 
was the conductor of an Engle- 
wood/Howard train that John 
Dawson rode home from his 
offices on North LaSalle Street. 
"He was one of the most articu- 
late announcers I have encoun- 
tered in many years of riding the 
CTA. He was very clear and 
precise in announcing not only 
the stops and transfer points, 
but also institutions, such as 
DePaul University, etc. He even 
announced bus lines by number 
and route as we approached 
various stops. Besides this, 
when we were delayed for a 
short time, he made the effort 
of finding out why, and then 
apologized and explained to 

Ricardo Leiva (Forest Glen gar- 
age) was described as "symboli- 
zing the expression 'good guy' " 
by Janice Gilbert, of Winona 
Street, who was a rider on his 
#92 Foster bus. "Not only did 
he drive well and give those 
aboard clear information about 
stops and main thoroughfares, 
but he also showed care, concern 
and respect for everyone who 
stepped on or off his bus. Many, 
like me, who boarded the bus 
feeling the stress of real 
problems received a smile and a 
warm welcome that said, 'Hey, 
life's not bad.' The 'therapy' to 
passengers was evident in the 
smiles, feeling of kinship, and 
conversation on the bus." 

commendation corner 

Curtis Anderson (North Park garage) was thanked for en- 
forcing the "No Smoking" rule on his #152 Addison bus by 
Marian Mross, of Cornelia Avenue. "On two separate 
occasions he stood up for company policy in reprimanding 
students who were smoking in the rear of the bus. He stood 
his ground and told them in no uncertain terms that if they 
persisted in smoking on liis bus they would have to get off. 
At times I have even seen adults flagrantly violating the law, 
and this driver is to be highly commended, since there are 
many of us who cannot tolerate smoking for health reasons." 

Betty Spivey (52nd Street garage) was applauded by 
Daryl Kazmier, community education director at a high 
school in Michigan, who recently escorted a group of 20 
people to Chicago. "Since none of us was famihar with the 
bus system, we had to get all our directions from bus drivers. 
All of the drivers I encountered were polite and helpful, 
but I wish to make special note of driver #4499. She was 
unusually courteous to everyone who boarded the (#6 
Jeffery Express) bus. She spoke to each person, drove with 
care, and was particularly helpful with elderly people. Keep 
up the good work, CTA. I will be back to your fine city 

Robert Miller (North Park garage) was commended by 
David Hepplewhite, who was taking a #135 Wilson/LaSalle 
Express to his offices on LaSalle Street. "During the trip 
downtown, he was attentive to people waiting as well as 
running to catch his bus, and was thoughtful about stopping 
in a convenient spot for them. He was courteous and profes- 
sional when checking fares or answering questions. He 
responded to traffic in a similarly thoughtful, professional 
and courteous manner, and he made the trip in good time. 
I recently moved to Chicago to practice law, and his 
demeanor and driving make it a pleasure to ride the bus." 

Evon Barber (North Avenue garage) impressed Beulah 
Smith, of South Avers Avenue, with her concern for 
passengers on her #53 Pulaski bus. "I noticed her pleasant 
smile and her greeting, "How are you?' I was struck by this 
universal kindness, and I began to watch her with other 
passengers. A young man got up from the back of the bus 

and sat down near the door next to a young woman whose 
neck was adorned with gold chains. Quickly the driver 
called the girl to her side and began to talk to her. The 
man saw he was in the presence of an alert bus driver, so he 
got off. I am sure this driver's kindness averted another 

John Christner (Forest Glen garage) was complimented 
by Dorothy Urbanski, of Elston Avenue, who rode his #152 
Addison bus with her three-year-old grandson. "Never have 
I had the pleasure of riding with such a fine, young, courte- 
ous driver. On our ride I saw him help a young mother with 
two small children. At Cubs Park he helped an elderly, 
crippled lady on the bus and off later at her destination. 
His concern for all his passengers boarding was something to 
behold. As 1 got off, I complimented him and he answered, 
T will not be 28 years old forever!' Please let him know he 
is appreciated." 

Connie Causey (Lawndale garage) was praised for 
"exemplary conduct" while driving a #60 Blue Island/26 
bus by Jeffrey Wien, of Harbor Drive. "She is a credit to the 
CTA, and I would like to nominate her as Best CTA 
Employee of 1981. She always has a smile, a pleasant word, 
and an exceedingly courteous code of conduct in her re- 
lations with passengers. Her credo would appear to be 
'Safety, Courtesy, and Service,' and she could easily serve as 
a model for all CTA employees. I have never met such a 
pleasant CTA employee who really seems to hke her work 
and the pubhc." 

Benjamin Farfan (North Park garage) won the approval of 
Edward Strable, who rode his #151 Sheridan bus to offices 
on North Michigan Avenue. "This driver showed he really 
cared about the load of passengers he had on his bus. After 
a couple of unsavory types got on at Grand Avenue, he arose 
and announced that there were pickpockets on board, and 
we should all watch our wallets. A moment later, when he 
stopped at Ohio, hi- told them to get off his bus or he would 
call the police. The man who came to the front of the bus 
swore at the driver and got off. Your driver really had guts 
and should be commended." 


Thanks - - for a job well done 

Marcos Argudin, Forest Glen 

Angel Beenn, Archer 
Adonis Berrios, Forest Glen 
Carmen Betances, North Park 
John Brugess, Limits 
Raymond Burkhardt, Archer 

Jean Cage, Limits 
Paul Campbell, 77th Street 
John Christner, Forest Glen 
Patricia Cobb, North Park 
Johnnie Coleman, L^wndale 
Stephen Conway, Archer 
Tyrone Culbreath, Beverly 

Jaswant Dass, Archer 
Jose Davila, North Avenue 
Robert Devitt, North Park 
Michael Doss, Forest Glen 
Jerry Dubin, North Avenue 

Eddie Elliott, 77th Street 
Bruce Ellison, North Park 
Jose Esteves, North Park 

Benjamin Farfan, North Park 

Hubert Fincher, North Park 

Fahmi Ghouleh, Limits 

Curtis Hagans, 77th Street 
Eldred Hall, North Park 
Mary HaD, 69th Street 
August Hallman, Forest Glen 
Lawrence Hart, North Avenue 
OUie Hoskins, Archer 
James Howland, North Park 

Marvin Jackson, Limits 
Edgar Jeffrey, Forest Glen 

Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen 

Sammie Lane, 69th Street 
Giles Liddell Jr., Limits 

Robert Martinez, North Park 
Willie Matthews, North Park 
Humberto Monroy, North Park 
Frederick Moore, North Park 
Tereso Morquecho, North Park 

Steve Nicpon, North Avenue 

Operating employees who received com- 
mendations during the last month. 

John Paczkowski, Archer 
John Parker, North Avenue 
Juanita Parker, West Section 
Clarence Parks Jr., 77th Street 
Charles Peterson, 77th Street 
Harold Pierce Sr., Forest Glen 
WUlena Pieison, North Avenue 

George Rojas, Limits 
Toval Rolston, Forest Park 

Daniel Sagel, Forest Glen 
Bamett Simmons, 69th Street 
Wilfred Spotwell, North Park 

Billy Walker, Forest Glen 
Jimmie Walker, North Avenue 
Robert Washington, 52nd Street 
Mack Watkins, Forest Park 
James Wesley, Forest Glen 
Henderson Williams, Forest Glen 
Bartholomew Wurtzebach, Kimball 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 


Gerald Hoff has been appointed manager, 
Grant Programming/Administration. He had 
been director, Program Development, Capital 
Development, since joining CTA in 1974. 
Hoff, who earned a master of science degree 
in Urban Traffic and Transportation at North- 
western University in 1969, lives in Arlington 
Heights with his wife, Yvonne, and their son 
and daughter. 

Donald Lemm, director of Insurance 
since 1975, has been named director. Workers' 
Compensation, Risk Management. Lemm 
joined the Chicago Rapid Transit Company as 
a mail clerk in 1942. He served as payroll 
statistician and training assistant before 
becoming a methods and procurement analyst 
in 1958. In 1964 he was chosen 
administrative assistant. Insurance, and, in 
1969, assistant station superintendent. He 
was administrative assistant to the chairman 
in 1970 before being selected superinten- 
dent, Insurance & Pensions, in 1973. Lemm 
and his wife, Ida, have two sons and two 
daughters and make their home in Bellwood. 

Michael Grovak, former principal planner, 
Operations Planning-Routes & Systems, is 
now superintendent. Service Analysis/Re- 
search, in the same section. Grovak became 
a full-time CTA employee in 1974, when he 
was chosen senior transit planner. In 1977 
he was selected planning tecimician, and, a 
year later, project planner. Grovak lives on 
the near Southwest side. 

Lester Smith, former workers' compen- 
sation coordinator. Risk Management, has 
been appointed supervisor, workers' compen- 
sation, in the same department. 

In new positions as assistant superin- 
tendent/controller, Transportation-Personnel, 
are former bus instructor? Lampton Evans 
and Daniel ViUanueva; Floyd Williams, former 
relief clerk. Bus Systems; William Piatt Jr., 
former station clerk. Archer; Michael Mc- 



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Gerald Hoff 

Donald Lemm 

Michael Grovak 

Govern, former system safety monitor/ 
inspector, Safety-Inspections/Investigations ; 
William Jaycox, former m/p intern, Transpor- 
tation-Personnel; Patricia Mglej, former m/p 
intern. Plant Maintenance; Louis Sanford, 
former manpower planning and budget 
analyst, Transportation-Support Services; and 
James Stephen, former field audit clerk, 
Financial Services. 

Six new unit supervisors of storerooms 
have been selected in Materials Management- 
Stores: Nick LaCorcia, former senior store- 
keeper; Henry Farley, former special projects 
analyst; Walter Griffin Jr., Lawrence Tischer, 
and Thomas Marasovich, all former stock 
clerks. Stores; and William Bailey, former 
buyer. Procurement. 

In Vehicle Maintenance-South Shops, 
James Haworth Jr. has been promoted from 
field service engineer to improvements engi- 
neer. Nancy Nagel, former supervisor. Infor- 
mation Services, Sales/Risk Management, has 
become budget systems speciaUst, Budget. 
James Mulqueeny, former ticket agent. West 
Section, is now planner. Operations Planning- 
Routes & Systems. 

Now serving as janitor foremen. Plant 

Maintenance, are Samuel Carter Jr. and 
Hayward Hughes, both former rail janitors 
in the same department. New in Plant Mainte- 
nance as an ironworker helper is Bernard 
Gilmore, former service truck chauffeur, 
Transportation-Utility. John Kilgore, 

former bus operator, Beverly, is now service 
truck chauffeur. 

Former bus repairers Nguyen Dai (77th 
Street) and Juan Rivera (Forest Glen) are now 
bus & truck mechanics. South Shops. At 
Skokie Shop, Ronald Gamer has moved from 
shop tractor operator to unit exchange clerk. 

In Financial Services-Internal Auditing, 
Gerald Wilson has been reassigned from audit 
clerk to field audit clerk. Benjamin Gay, 
former bus operator, Archer, is now accounts 
payable clerk, Financial Services, and linda 
Coleman, former utdity clerk, Materials 
Management, has been named material control 
clerk. South Shops. 

New as stenographer. Operations 
Planning-Routes & Systems, is Sharlene 
WUkins, former utility clerk, Law. Anne 
Bandur, former utility clerk, Law/Claims, 
is now typist, Management Services Adminis- 
trative Services. 

JULY, 1981 

The fourth group to complete an eight-week Material Handling and 
Warehousing course sponsored by Materials Management department 
include (from left), Melvin Williams, laborer. Stores South; Nunulu 
Latham and Dennis Kuhn, stock clerks. Stores South; Louise Muhr, 
statistical analyst. Merchandise Mart; Donald Dempsey, project leader, 
Datacenter; David Murry, stock clerk. Stores South; Vinko Djonlich, 
laborer. Stores North; Patricia Flynn, secretary. Merchandise Mart; 
Cleveland Bennett, laborer. Lower Yard; Ralph Podgorski, stock clerk. 

Stores West; Thomas Hall, laborer. Merchandise Mart; Eugene Magad, 
course instructor; Terry Shinnick, laborer. Lower Yard; Ujean Burnett, 
laborer. Stores West; Willie Whitaker, stock clerk. Stores South, and 
Billy Moncreif, stock clerk. Stores North. Ed Deles, unit supervisor. 
Records and Training, Materials Management, coordinator for the 
course, said that approximately 90 department members are slated to 
take the course, which is conducted by Eugene Magad and Associates, 
consultants to the warehousing industry. 

It was just like old times as Warren G. Wood Sr. (left), and Howard 
Bowers (fourth from left), returned to Forest Glen garage to visit with 
friends. Wood, of Tuscon, Arizona, and Bowers of Mesa, are CTA 
retirees. Recipients of the visit were (from left), Pat Garrity, Ted Galus 
and George Streske. 

1^ mm 

This is the limit -of trout 
that is, caught by CTA 
pensioners Lars Pearson 
(left), and Bill Miedema 
fishing in water 40 feet deep 
at Bull Shoals Lake In 
Mountain Home, Arkansas. 
Pearson was foreman at 
North Avenue and Lawn- 
dale garages. Miedema Is a 
former bus operator from 
Forest Glen garage. 

Robert Chambers, CTA bus controller, ex- 
plains operation of the control center to 
visiting Finnish transport officials. Seated 
at the console is bus controller Robert Mar- 


Flying is a privilege, 
safe pastime 

John Chura always dreamed of being a pilot, but 
never did anything to make the dream a reality until 
1972 when, coaxed by a friend, he took a lesson. 

"The cost had always been prohibitive," says 
Chura, director of Contract Construction, Engineering 

One day, the friend made an appointment with an 
instructor who took Chura aloft in a single-engine 
two-seater, giving the reluctant airman the most 
frightening experience of his life. At age 43, he was 
about to start a venture in which most flyers his age 
were already proficient. 

"Suddenly, I wanted no part of flying, and I was 
quick to let the instructor know that I wanted him to 
set us down immediately. I guess I was too concerned 
about it, but he got me to calm down. He let me take 
the controls and glide the plane; then it didn't seem 
so bad," recalls Chura, who made his first solo flight 
10 hours later. 

Privately, he has accumulated more than 1100 
hours of flying time since that first lesson nine years 
ago. His experience includes flights across country, 
at night, and by instrumentation. 

"Flying is a privilege and a very safe pastime, with 
many advantages," said Chura as he expressed his 
enjoyment of aviation. 

One thing that makes flying so safe for private 
pilots is the Federal Aviation Agency's (FA A) strict 
requirement on annual inspection of aircraft. A plane 
is stripped of everything including its seats and lining, 
by a licensed mechanic of the FAA who goes over 
every inch of the aircraft with meticulous care. 

Flights logged by Chura in his multi-engine Cessna Skymaster have 
included cross country trips to Florida and Canada. 

"Most accidents today are due to human error," 
claims Chura. 

He is qualified in both single and multi-engine air- 
craft, instrument rated, and is the proud owner of a 
Cessna Skymaster multi-engine aircraft. 

Chura graduated from the University of Illinois at 
Urbana with a bachelor of science degree in archi- 
tectural engineering. A former Army captain, he 
has been employed by the CTA for 15 years. 

He and his wife, Jean, reside in south suburban 
Harvey o Their sons, Kenneth and David, are students 
at the University of Illinois at Urbana. Kenneth re- 
ceived a bachelor of science degree in civil engineer- 
ing in June. 

John Chura and a Rockwell Commander single-engine aircraft at Sanger 
Field, Lansing, one of the first aircraft owned by this pilot who is also 
director of Contract Construction in the CTA's Engineering depart- 

JULY, 1981 

Riding tfie bus 

It's an 
all-day trip 
in West Africa 

Public transportation frequently 
influences lifestyles, as evidenced 
by the varied lifestyles within a 
20-mile radius of metropolitan 
Chicago. The difference between 
Chicago and its suburban neigh- 
bors, which may be attributed to 
public transportation, is not near- 
ly as radical as the difference one 
CTA employee found in West Afri- 

Ray (Rick) Carter, a travel in- 
formation specialist who toured 
the West African nation of Togo 
and neighboring countries, said 
that there is plenty to see and 
learn about West African culture 
and transportation. 

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Expediency requires the tour- 
ist to take it all in by taxi, the so- 
called mini-cab where ttie rider 
may negotiate the fare before the 
trip begins. Travel by bus is ad- 
visable only if the rider is not in 
a hurry. Most bus fleets offer a 
variety of vehicles with equally 
varying capacities, depending upon 
the destination. Schedules are 
nonexistent, and service is relaxed. 

Buses are boarded at the main 
terminal, and departure depends 
upon how soon a bus is loaded. 
Carter said a rider may arrive at 
the terminal at 3 p.m. and not 
leave before 7 p.m. On the other 
hand, waiting time may only be 

20 minutes. 

Riders take the slow pace with- 
out fanfare, using it to their own 
advantage. Merchants, including 
peddlers hawking live poultry, may 
haul it all by bus or taxi. Bulky 
items are carried atop the vehicle 
on a rack, or under canvas. Many 
spend the waiting period bartering 
or making outright sales to trav- 
elers in the open air depot. Other 
wayfarers, some with portable 
stoves and other cooking equip- 
ment, will frequently prepare their 
meals in the carnival-like atmos- 

Since countries of Western Afri- 
ca are in such close proximity. 



Rick Carter 

LEFT: Suggested tariffs in francs from Lome, 
Togo's capital, to various points interstate, are 
posted at the open air terminal's entrance. 
The dollar is worth approximately 245 francs. 

RIGHT: Waiting can be a tiresome all day 

public transportation provides in- 
terstate service between Togo, 
Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Abidjan, 
and Upper Volta. 

"Certainly public transportation 
in West Africa is less than what 
Americans have come to expect," 
said Carter, who holds a bachelor 

of science degree in sociology. 
"At the same time. West Africans 
are very hospitable, particularly 
in Togo, so one tends not to dwell 
on the relative inconveniences en- 
countered. The people are re- 
nowned for their kindness, 

"Togo and its neighboring 

countries offer discreet charm and 
contain a scenic cross-section of 
all that Africa has to offer the 
visitor," he said. A regular so- 
journer. Carter's travels have 
covered more than 50,000 air 
miles to Europe, Africa, and the 

FAR LEFT: The Afrobus, covering all points, is a more comfortable ride for considerably 
less fare than other forms of transportation. 

LEFT: No display ads on buses, but . . . 

ABOVE: As a carnival-like atmosphere looms, merchants hawk their goods among fellow 

RIGHT: Travelers enjoy a leisurely stroll as departure is delayed. 

JULY, 1981 

More June Graduates 


Lake Park H. S. 

Donald Angell 


Chicago State U. 
Eugene M. Barnes 
CTA Chairman 


Percy Julian H. S. 

Arthur Bradford 

69th Street 


Schurz H.S. 

Miguel Concepcion 

North Park 


Morton East H.S. 

Sam Costabile 

West Section 


Richards Vocational 

Electra De Alba 

North Avenue 


Lmdblom H, S. 

Jimmie L. Evans 

69th Street 


St. Ignatius H.S. 

Mary Fields 

North Section 

Corliss H. S. 
Mary Fields 
North Section 


Calumet Park H. S. 

Anthony Jones 



Hales Franciscan 

James L. Martin 

South Shops 

Hales Franciscan 


Calumet H.S. 

Lewis C. Martin 

West Shops 


Lindblom H.S. 

Jim Mc Lane 

61st Street 


Roosevelt H. S. 

Ahmed Mushtaq 

North Park 


Robeson H, S. 

Ron Peel 



Boston Univ. 

James Simmons Sr. 

61st Street 


Mother McAuley 

James W. Sims 

District A 


Niles North H, S. 

John F. Stiles 



Luther South H.S. 

Stan Szarafinski 


De LaSalle Inst. 
Cecile Thomas 
South Section 


Schaumburg H. S, 

Daniel Villanueva 



Kenwood Academy 

Paul Wallace 



Harlan H.S. 

James W. Weaver 

South Shops 



Richard U. Willis 

Birnest M. Hicks 

Employees earn degrees 

Two engineering department personnel and a mem- 
ber of the Public Affairs department have earned 
bachelors or masters degrees this year with the help 
of the CTA's Tuition Aid Plan. 

Richard U. (Rick) Willis, feature writer/editorial 
assistant. Public Affairs, earned a master of arts de- 
gree in media communications from Governors State 
University. A bachelor of science degree in organi- 
zational behavior/personnel from Northwestern Uni- 
versity was awarded to signal designer Birnest M. 

Daniel A. Badon 

Allan R. Barker 

Hicks, and a bachelor of arts degree in business ad- 
ministration from St. Xavier College was awarded to 
equipment design draftsman Daniel A. Badon. More 
than 150 other employees are receiving tuition aid for 
studies in a variety of fields. 

Another member of the Engineering dspartment, 
electrical design engineer Allan R. Barker, received 
a master of science degree in management of public 
services from DePaul University. Barker was the 
recipient of a fellowship under the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration Fel- 
lowship and Scholarship program. 

Julius Mason, a CTA police officer, was 
honored at a surprise party which was given 
in his honor last month by co-workers at the 
Merchandise Mart as Mason and his family 
prepared to move to San Antonio, Texas. 
Officer Mason joined the CTA Security 
department in June, 1977, after more than 13 
years in law enforcement. He had been as- 
signed to duty in the CTA Chairman's Office 
since August, 1980. 

Among the varied activities in the Maintenance Training Center at Lawndale garage, maintenance 
workers are instructed in the proper use of oxy/acetylene heating and cutting equipment by 
members of the MTC staff. Instruction includes how to set up equipment, safety standards, the 
proper method of cutting various metals, and storage. MTC staffer John Kilstrom, left, leads a 
class discussion. 

JULY. 1981 


South Shops' Pride Day 

Nearly 1,300 people, including CTA employees, 
their families and friends, attended an Open House- 
Pride Day at South Shops on Sunday, May 17. 

An old ticket agent's bell counter was used to check 
in the visitors entering the South Shops' main en- 

They toured the usually busy areas of the sprawling 
facility along roped walkways to view the work loca- 
tions and hear volimteers explain how the various op- 
erations and crafts are conducted during working days. 

Eight South Shops employees organized the Open 
House-Pride Day event. They are committee chair- 
man Marshall "Butch" Coleman, carpenter; Terry 

Reilly, electrician leader; Jerry Walters, foreman, 
engine rebuild area; Hubert Thomas, leader, mechani- 
cal section; Frank Gray, mechanic; Levi Vetaw, car- 
penter, and Walter Street and Roy Evans Sr., mechanic 

Forty-four other employees volimteered their days 
off to help make the event informative and fun for the 
families and friends of South Shops workers. Candy 
the Clown was on hand to give out colorful balloons to 
the smaller visitors. 

Visitors took brief tripsin an articulated bus on the 
adjacent parking lot and viewed the two mini-buses, the 
new articulated model and the older standard model, 
both built by explorer scouts who received guidance 
from volimteers at South Shops. 

RIGHT: Tom Dimikaitus, electrical worker 
(behind workbench), demonstrates rewinding 
of electrical component to visitors. 
BELOW LEFT: Carpenters (from left) Robert 
Hargrave, Terry Murtaugh, Roy Evans and 
Jeffery Sweda view the festivities through a 
rebuilt bus window frame. BELOW RIGHT: 
Marshall "Butch" Coleman, carpenter, com- 
mittee chairman (right), and Terry Reilly, 
electrician leader, a member of the planning 



TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: William Miller, body 
shop foreman, and his wife, Zenna. Robert 
Mandujan, upholsterer, his wife, Juanita, 
and son. Marc. Stuart Maginnis, director, 
support services. Maintenance department, 
holds his three-year-old grandson, Stuart Kim. 
LEFT: Casimir Noga (left), sheet metal 
worker, and visitors Mr. and Mrs. Sean White 
and their children. BELOW LEFT: Trying 
out the mini-articulated bus Is George 
Pickett, manager. Transit Sales, M.A.N. Truck 
and Bus Corp., Southfield, Mich., builders of 
the Big Bend buses. With Pickett is Richard 
Schneider (center), area superintendent, 
automotive vehicle maintenance, and Harold 
H. Geissenheimer, General Operations Man- 
ager. BELOW RIGHT: Frank Venezia, 
superintendent. Bus Shops, and his wife, 
Mary, three-year-old twins Tony and Paul, 
and eight-year-old daughter, AnnMarie. 

JULY, 1981 



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CTA sports award banquet 

The CTA social event of the year was the Sports Award Banquet held 
at McCormick Place on Saturday, June 13, which was attended by more 
than 200 people. 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes addressed the audience and assured 
them of management's endorsement of the sports program. 

The basketball and volleyball programs are under the guidance of Wil- 
son Williams and Dianna Caston, respectively, with Arliss Jones as chief 

CTA Chairman Eugene Barnes addressed the 
sports participants and congratulated each one 
for a job well done. 

The 77th Street garage, first place winners in the basketball league are 
pictured here displaying the station trophy presented to them. From 
left, George Taylor, Tyrone Brown, Eugene Tate, Clarence Davis, 

Milton Harris, Earl Pope, John Riouse, McClinton Porter, superinten- 
dent, 77th Street garage, J. C. White, superintendent, 69th Street gar- 
age, and Henry Ragsdale. 

ABOVE: Members of the American League all-star basketball team show off plaques presented to 
them. From left, George Taylor, Tyrone Brown, Henry Ragsdale, John Riouse (behind Ragsdale), 
John Harvey, Wade Jones, Joe Milbrook, Rick Adams and Reggie Williams. RIGHT: Ron Tuck 
was master of ceremonies for the awards presentation. 



Members of the National League all-star 
basketball team display plaques they received 
at the awards banquet. From left. Wade Sim- 
mons, James Bonds, James Spraggs, Paul 
Phillips, Chester Kidd, Bennie Sellers, Charles 
Hill and Larry McNeil. 

Showing they are number one, are the Lawndale garage volleyball team. 
Kneeling are Walter Caston, Clark Carter, assistant superintendent, 
Lawndale, and Richard Williams. Standing (from left), Johnny Moore, 

Doris Nailor, Julia Adams, Johnny Coleman, Dorothy Bentley, Johnny 
Sherrod, Mary Rogers, Willie Brewster, Melbernice Simmons, Al 
Brooks, Vera Tucker and Jeanette Millines. 

The Division 308 volleyball team displays the 
second place trophies received at the awards 
presentation. From left, John Zupko, super- 
intendent. Agents Ethel Spring, Pat Hodge, 
Barbara Smith, Manuel Thirston, Karen 
Flowers, Crystal Stevenson, Jackie Shannon, 
James McPhee, Debbie Hamlin, Alvis Martin, 
Debra Jones and John Kolden. 

JULY, 1981 


Coordinating Committee 
elects Legler 
first vice chairman 

Stephen L. Legler, 
director, routes & sys- 
tems, Operations Plan- 
ning department, has 
been elected first vice 
chairman of the Transit 
Carriers Coordinating 

The Transit Carriers 
Coordinating Committee 
is composed of repre- 
sentatives from Chicago 
area rail and bus oper- 
ators and federal and 
state transportation 


Conmiittee members meet monthly to discuss cur- 
rent transportation issues and coordinate operations. 
Cyril Williams, representative of the Suburban Trans- 
it System, was elected chairman; Robert Marth, Mil- 
waukee Road railroad, second vice chairman; Mike 
Molsky, Illinois Central Gulf railroad, treasurer, and 
Elizabeth A. Harper, Chicago Area Transportation 
Study, secretary. 

Senior citizen of the year 

Retired bus operator Frank Machowski (holding plaque) ('70, 
North Avenue), was recently honored by St. Jerome's church in 
Phoenix, Arizona, with its Senior Citizen of the Year award. Louise 
Grant, senior citizen club coordinator of the church, said Machowski 
was unanimously elected for the award for 1981, because, as an ardent 
member of the club, he had devoted many hours of his time, and had 
made financial contributions for the benefit of club members. 

Machowski also received an award from the Foundation for Senior 
Adult Living, of Phoenix, at the same presentation ceremony. 

Dr. Irwin's 
incredible journey 

Dr. G. H. Irwin, retired CTA medical direc- 
tor, and former monthly columnist ("Medically 
Speaking") for Transit News, recently wrote a 
book entitled "Incredible Auto Journey," pub- 
lished by Vantage Press, Inc. Irwin's book de- 
tails an auto trip he and three other young grad- 
uate physicians made in 1922 around the peri- 
meter of the United States. They journeyed along 
the Canadian border, the Atlantic coast, the 
Gulf of Mexico, the Mexican border, and the 
Pacific coast. 

Dr. Irwin retired from the CTA in 1962, after 
a 40-year career with CTA and its predecessor 
companies. He was CTA medical director from 
October, 1953, until his retirement in Septem- 
ber, 1962. 

Craig Heatter, Director of Pensions and Administration, accepts tokens 
of appreciation from the pensions staff presented by William Ashley 
(left), manager. Insurance and Pensions, and Michael Brennan, Pensions 
and Administration supervisor. Heatter recently left CTA to assume 
duties as Administrator of Employee Pensions for the City of Dallas, 

Michael O'Malley, formerll 
Wilson Shops, who joined 
pensioners on July 1, 1971, after 
30 years of service, visited 
friends at the Merchandise Mart 
recently where he introduced his 
3-year-old grandson, Kevin. The 
proud grandfather began his; 
CTA career in 1941 as a motof- 
man from Armitage barn. 




DELMVS ALLEN, Motorman, 

South Section, Emp. 6-25-51 

Skokie Shop, Emp. 5-18-71 
JOHN Mccarty Jr„ conductor. 

Forest Park, Emp. 4-23-48 

Limits, Emp. 7-31-48 
JOHN MILAN, Motorman, 

Douglas, Emp. 3-19-51 

77th Street, Emp. 10-10-47 
MALDWIN REED, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 7-3-46 

West Shops, Emp. 11-23-42 
ROBERT RYAN, Yard Foreman, 

Kimball, Emp. 12-8-47 

North Avenue, Emp. 8-24-45 

North Park, Emp. 9-10-73 

West Shops, Emp. 10-25-45 
DONALD SPARKS, Bus Repairer, 

North Park, Emp. 2-3-51 
ROBERT WHEELER, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 1-3-61 


77th Street, Emp. 1-29-68 

JAMES REGAN, Electrician B, 
West Shops, Emp. 4-19-71 

ROY WILLIAMS, Ticket Agent, 
South Section, Emp. 10-7-70 

We're sorry . . . 

In the March, 1981, issue of Transit 
News, we inadvertently omitted the 
name of Willard Frieb, North Park, 
who celebrated 35 years of service. 


Volume 34 Number 7 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

by the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
Typesetting and printing provided by the Manage- 
ment Services Depaitment. 

Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees- Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

in July 

40 years 

30 years 

James Andriacchi, Electrical 
Arthur Bradford, 69th Street 
Leroy Bush, Maintenance 
Harry L. Carter, 77th Street 
Robert L. Denton, 77th Street 
John A. Dilworth, Adm. Services 
Claude L. Dunlap, 61st Street 
Walter F. Gibson Jr., Archer 
Levi Gipson, 69th Street 
Cecil F. Graves, Ash!and/95th 
Elcosie Gresham, 77th Street 
Willie Lewis, Racine 
Clarence E. Matthews, Archer 
John H. McGhee, Lawndale 
Herbert L. McKnight, 52nd Street 
Jammie H. Morris, Howard/Kimball 
Edward J. Reason, Instruction 
Edward F. Reaux, Control Center 
Ralph E. Robinson, Howard 
Jack Scurte, North Avenue 

Harold J. Rowbottom 

Street Traffic 

25 years 

35 years 

Leroy J, Carr, North Park 

Jack R. Carter, Archer 

Robert R. Crane, 69th Street 

Sam Devuono, Maintenance 

Lois C. Jahnke, Revenue Accounting 

Raymond J. Klaub, South Shops 

Robert W. Koehler, Archer 

John A. Schwartz, Howard/Kimball 

Donald V. St. John, Utility 

William L. Thomas, District A 

Theodore F. Zurek, Lawndale 

Jonas N. Barnett, Lawndale 
Claude B. Conwell, 69th Street 
Mary K. Donohoe, North Section 
James H. Doss, 77th Street 
Harry Garrett, Central Counting 
Donald D. Grant, Archer 
Fred R. Holden, Archer 
Hubert T. Ligon, 69th Street 
Rufus E. Meeks, 69th Street 
W. B. Moore, North Avenue 
Douglas Price, 77th Street 
Robert L. Ross, Lawndale 
Willie C. Satterfield, Lawndale 
L. J. Simpson, Lawndale 
Ernest Tucker, 77th Street 
Arthur Williams Jr., Maintenance 
Donald Z. Willingham, Lawndale 

irr is/l:eiis/lcd:e^x.a^is/l 

LLOYD ABRAHAMSON, 78, Lawndale, 

Emp. 6-24-29, Died 5-14-81 
CARL ARNESSON, 90, 69th Street, 

Emp. 8-23-13, Died 5-30-81 
LENZY M. BATTLE, 73, South Section, 

Emp. 5-18-51, Died 5-29-81 

Emp. 11-30-25, Died 5-25-81 
GEORGE COCKLE, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 4-4-16, Died 5-19-81 
JOHN CONWAY, 75, Electrical, 

Emp. 6-4-26, Died 5-29-81 
PHILIP DI FRANCO, 81, Maintenance, 

Emp. 6-4-41, Died 5-10-81 
JOHN DONOVAN, 75, Executive, 

Emp. 12-11-26, Died 5-16-81 
LEROY DUTTON, 74, Schedules, 

Emp. 3-2-25, Died 5-8-81 
JOHN GIBBONS, 74, Campaign Area, 

Emp. 8-20-41, Died 5-23-81 
ELLSWORTH GLINES, 79, North Park, 

Emp. 2-29-44, Died 5-30-81 
CHARLES GRADT, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-31-19, Died 5-12-81 
EDWARD GULLY, 78, Kedzie, 

Emp. 3-13-43, Died 5-2-81 

JOHN GUZALDO, 69, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 4-14-43, Died 5-15-81 
EDWARD HEFFERNAN, 91, 77th Street, 

Emp. 9-25-20, Died 5-14-81 
FRANK JAMROCH, 86, Limits, 

Emp. 1-6-44, Died 5-2-81 
JOSEPH KLIMAS, 82, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-10-45, Died 5-11-81 
ANTON KOEHLER, 82, Lawndale, 

Emp. 1-14-26, Died 5-24-81 
EARL LITTLEFIELD, 89, Transportation, 

Emp. 11-22-44, Died 5-10-81 
WILLIAM MAEHR, 81, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-28-16, Died 3-21-81 
NEWTON MEYERS, 75, Limits, 

Emp. 4-7-43, Died 5-1-81 
WILLL\M PEARSON, 71, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 5-27-41, Died 5-2-81 
SERGIO RODRIGUEZ, 45, Labor Relations, 

Emp. 3-4-74, Died 6-3-81 
JAMES SMITH, 49, Schedules, 

Emp. 5-20-54, Died 5-20-81 

CLARENCE THOMAS, 58, South Section, 

Emp. 12-22-64, Died 5-17-81 

JULY. 1981 




Family day planned for Bus Roadeo final 

Plans are set for the CTA Bus 
Roadeo final competition at Soldier 
Field on August 23 beginning at 9 a.m. 
Twenty bus operators are eligible to 
participate in the contest. 

The event is being heralded as a 
CTA family day of activities. Bus 
Roadeo officials said family members 
and friends who plan to see the Roadeo 
may wish to bring box lunches for the 
occasion. Plans call for providing free 
beverages for all as well as activities for 

The first place winner will receive 
a trophy and an all expense paid trip 
for two to Toronto, Canada. This 
operator will also be CTA's representa- 
tive at the American Public Transit 
Association's (APTA) International Bus 
Roadeo, which will be held in the 
Chicago area, October 8-1 0^ in con- 

junction with the APTA convention. 

The second place winner will 
receive a trophy and a $500 U.S. 
Savings Bond, and will take the place of 
the winner if that individual is not 
available for the International Bus 

The third place winner will receive 
a trophy and a $200 U.S. Savings Bond. 

The fourth place winner will receive 
a trophy and a $100 U.S. Savings 
Bond. All members of the Winning 
Circle 20 and participants in the final 
competition will receive a pair of 
dinner-theatre tickets and a CTA Bus 
Roadeo commemorative belt buckle 
and belt. 

Roadeo officials said that, prior 
to the final competition, contestants 
will have one day to practice the 
competition course. 

P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

Address Correction Requested 




PERMIT No. 8021 



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CTA Technical Institute 

is a valuable learning experience 

CTA employees, proudly ejqilaining 
and demonstrating the intricacies and 
responsibilities of their jobs, have 
made the CTA Technical Institute one 
of the most valuable and internationally 
rect^nized learning experiences in the 
transit industry. Their efforts also help 
visitors gain a greater appreciation 
of the importance of transit to the ur- 
ban economy and an understanding of 
the challenges which must be met to 
provide good service. 

Constant improvement 

The 47th Chicago Transit Authority 
Technical Institute, held Monday, July 
13, throu^ Saturday, July 18, 1981, 
reflects a high degree of sophistication 
resulting from years of evaluation and 
ccmstant improvement. Lecture pre- 
sentations, with CTA employees serv- 
ing as teachers, have been enhanced 
through the increased use of audio- 
visual aids and the allocation of more 
time for questions and discussion. A 
detailed manual augments presenta- 
tions, and the schedule has been fine- 
tuned to arrange a stimulating balance 
of lectures, field tours, hands-on parti- 
cipation, and informal activities. 

Lecture sessions cover all opera- 
tion and support functions from train- 
ing and safety to capital development, 
funding, public relations, personnel 
policies, claim settlements, and many 

One of the highlights is "Once Upon 
a Timetable." This 20-minute multi- 
media presentation, conceived by 
CTATI Coordinator Ron We slow and 
produced by the Training/Develop- 
ment programs section of the Human 
Resources department, blends slides, 
movies, narration, and musical back- 
ground to give an exciting historical 
perspective of transit development in 
Chicago. Another highlight is a video- 
tape entitled "The Urban Challenge." 
Through on-location scenes and intei> 
views with commuters and local busi- 
ness leaders and transit experts, it 
demonstrates the value of transit as 
the lifeblood of the city. 

>■ (Continued Page 2) 


Bob Janz, superintendent, rail in- 
struction, explains operations of 
Howard terminal and rail yard as 
CTATI participants view the oper- 
ations from overhead pedestrian 
bridge at Howard terminal. 

"/ think it's good— CTA 
quality of workmanship, pride 
in work - everybody trying to 
do the best possible job that 
can be done. The spirit says a 
lot about management, training, 
promotion, etc. " 

Ann Johnson 

Manager, Transportation Analysis 

& Support Services 

Metropolitan Atlanta 

Rapid Transit Authority 

Atlanta, Georgia 

"Detroit is bus-oriented--not 
much rail, one commuter line. 
Your overall program is inform- 
ative and educational. Em- 
ployee morale is high; attitudes 
were 100%. Everybody at CTA 
is enthusiastic. " 

Leon Terry 

Assistant Superintendent 

of Maintenance 

Southeastern Michigan 

Transportation Authority 

Detroit, Michigan 


AUGUST, 1981 

"This is the greatest thing 
that ever happened to me. I got 
to learn how all the other 
departments and people I work 
with fit into the company . . . 
Great chance for our employees 
to take pride in their work and 
show people what they 're doing. 
It's good to have CTA people 
in (the CTA TI) because they 
also get involved in showing 
off for outsiders. " 

Ronald Glaser 

Value/Testing Engineer 

Materials Management 

Chicago Transit Authority 

At the South Shops bus maintenance 
facility (right), Jim Forrestal, unit 
supervisor, bus shops (far right), ex- 
plains the volume and types of work 
performed in the brake shop. In the 
sign shop at South Shops (below), 
painter Jim Haynie demonstrates 
silkscreening of CTA bus stop signs 
for Joe Magaldi, Honolulu DTS 
Services, and Ron Glaser, CTA 
Materials Management department. 

Technical Institute 

(Continued from Front Cover) 

Participants also view a training 
videotape where bus operators discuss 
their methods of "Handling the Public" 
and portions of the "Bus Operator 
Security" videotape, which is part of a 
security training program for operat- 
ing employees pioneered by CTA. Near 
the end of the week-long CTATI, an- 
other multi-screen slide, presentation 
entitled "The Reason Why" reinforces 
the importance of transit in modem 

Out in the field 

Extensive tours of maintenance fa- 
cilities, operating locations, and other 
points of interest have always been 
important features of the CTA Tech- 
nical Institute. 

In Maintenance, special emphasis 
is given to innovative improvements 
devised by CTA personnel. The de- 
velopment of new tools, modification 
of shop equipment and vehicle systems, 
and the implementation of new pro- 
cedures have enabled the shops to hold 
down costs and increase productivity. 


"We in Miami think the 
CTATI is a very worthwhile 
program. Most of our upper 
and middle level managers have 
attended, and we hope to have 
all our managers attend. 

"Although ours is a smaller 
transit system, we can learn a 
lot from the CTA, because we 
expect to expand our bus sys- 
tem and develop a rapid transit 
system. " 

Peter Packer 

Assistant General Superintendent 

of Transportation 

Metro Transit Agency 

Miami, Florida 

At the Maintenance Training Center, 
John Thompson (left), bus in- 
structor, explains maintenance 
troubleshooting of bus rear door 
system to Mary Lou Echternach, 
Southern California Rapid Transit 
District; Joe Magaldi, Honolulu DTS 
Services; Aimee Figueroa, CTATI 
assistant, and Calvin Pittner, Urban 
Mass Transportation Administration, 

Participants tour the shops in small 
groups, so there is adequate opportunity 
to discuss maintenance activities with 
line supervisors and maintenance 
workers. Hands-on participation is 
encouraged at the Maintenance Train- 
ing Center, where CTATI participants 
trouble shoot maintenance problems on 
training equipment and mock-ups. The 
computerized Vehicle Maintenance 
System which assures adherence to 
preventive maintenance schedules is 
also demonstrated. 

In Transportation, the CTATI visits 
every type of operating location in- 
cluding bus garages and rapid transit 
terminals, an electronic interlocking 
switch tower, and the modernized CTA 
Control Center. 

Through practice operation of a bus 
and a rapid transit train, participants 
experience the operator's point of view. 
Each participant drives a 40-foot long 
bus through a braking (skidding) ma- 
neuver on a wet surface, and a tight 
zig-zag course defined by pylons, re- 
quiring careful observation and good 
judgment. Practice train operation is 
provided at the SkoMe Shop test track, 
where each participant operates a 

train under the watchful eye of the 
electronic cab signaling system. 

Other tour highlights Include a walk 
through a subway tube, a lecture and 
demonstration ride on the new lift- 
equipped buses which serve mobility- 
limited riders in CTA's new Special 
Services program, and a visit to the 
RTA Travel Information Center. 

Bus Transitways Tour 

The new Bus Transitways Tour 
dramatically demonstrates CTA's 
heaviest concentration of rush-hour 
bus ridership. While the CTATI par- 
ticipants ride a chartered bus through 
Downtown Chicago, Operations Plan- 
ning personnel explain the development 
and operation of the State Street Trans- 
it Mall, which is limited to use by CTA 
buses and emergency vehicles, and the 
reverse flow bus lanes in the Loop, 
where CTA east-west bus routes and 
shuttle buses run in exclusive curb 
lanes in the opposite direction of other 
traffic. These routes are compared 
with a ride on Michigan Avenue, where 
rush-hour operation on a normal street 
in mixed traffic is demonstrated. 

(Continued Page 4) 

"Most important is the op- 
portunity to compare your own 
agency with another large agen- 
cy. People you meet from 
other agencies give you a val- 
uable comparison of how the 
agencies would handle problems. 
The sessions are intense with a 
tremendous amount of infor- 
mation . . . All of us will go 
back with an understanding of 
how CTA functions and a 
greater appreciation of how 
problems are solved. Friends 
I have made here will prove to 
be a valuable source of infor- 
mation exchange. CTA staff 
has been most generous in 
giving time and information. 
I was amazed that most social 
conversations were transit re- 
lated--like working 16 hours 
a day. " 

Mary Lou Echternach 

Community Relations 


Southern California 

Rapid Transit District 

Los Angles, California 

AUGUST, 1981 

At the Skokie Shop rail vehicle 
maintenance facility (above), George 
Haenisch, superintendent, rail vehicle 
shops, explains maintenance require- 
ments of a truck assembly for a rapid 
transit car to (from left) James 
Wilson, Southeastern Michigan Trans- 
portation Authority; Samuel Smith, 
CTA Transportation department; 
Mary Lou Echternach, Southern 
California Rapid Transit District, and 
Ron Glaser, CTA Materials Manage- 
ment department. Towerman 
Juretta Shields (right, above) 
explains operation of electronic 
interlocking switch tower at Clark 

"I've been looking forward to 
this for years. It 's much more 
interesting than most academ- 
ically-oriented seminars. . . Arty- 
one who thinks the CTATI is 
easy is in for a surprise. Ten 
to twelve hours with lunch and 
a couple of breaks is not easy. " 
Clark Schneider 
Chief Project Coordinator 
Chicago Area Transportation Study 

"PATCO is a smaller system 
than CTA. rail only, and fully 
automated. It's most inter- 
esting to learn about the com- 
plex problems encountered by a 
larger system that combines 
bus and rail. " 

John Gary Tilton 

Sergeant of Police 

Port Authority 

Transit Corporation 

Camden, New Jersey 

Technical Institute 

(Continued from Page 3) 

At mid-morning on Friday, another 
new CTATI innovation proves to be a 
great success. Participants were in- 
vited to tell about their own transit 
systems. Some offer audio-visual 
presentations, or distribute maps, 
schedules, publications, advertising 
materials, and souvenirs. The Parti- 
cipants' Roundtable is another exciting 
opportunity to share Information, and 
it will continue to be an important 
feature of future CTATIs. 

Throughout the week, opportunities 
to meet informally with CTA manage- 
ment and staff are provided. Program 
presenters, tour guides, and managers 
concerned with each day's events at- 
tend the group limcheons, and an in- 
formal reception is held one evening 
later in the week. 

Educational bargain 

The CTA Technical Institute pays 
for itself, and it's a real bargain. The 
$500 fee covers everything except ho- 
tel accommodations and non-related 
meals. A pass entitles participants to 
ride CTA free during the week of the 
Institute. Lodging is arranged at gov- 
ernment rates at one hotel, which re- 
duces costs and encourages group in- 
teraction during free time. 

More than 800 people from around 

the world have attended the CTA Tech- 
nical Institute, which has been held at 
least four times per year since 1973. 
A typical session is attended by 25 
managerial orprofessional representa- 
tives from transit-related agencies 
nationwide, Including operating prop- 
erties, governmental units, suppliers, 
universities, and news media. 

The diverse interests and back- 
grounds represented contribute to an 
extended learning experience, as dis- 
cussions of CTA procedures and prob- 
lems often stimulate group discussion 
of problems encountered throughout the 
transit industry. Both practical and 
theoretical aspects of transit are dis- 
cussed, examining the current state of 
the art, and seekingways to improve it. 

The improvements in the CTATI 
have largely been the result of feed- 
back solicited from the participants. 
Detailed evaluation forms are com- 
pleted daily, and each participant re- 
ceives an overall evaluation form a 
few weeks after the conclusion of the 

All CTA departments haveshownthe 
utmost cooperation in revising and up- 
dating their presentations. During the 
last two years, over 150 improvements 
have been made in the program by 
CTATI Coordinator Ron Weslow and 
other members of the Training/De- 
velopment programs section of the 
Human Resources department. 


Calvin Pittner (above left), UMTA, 
Chicago, watches the mirrors as he 
drives a bus through a zig-zag ma- 
neuver at North Avenue garage, and 
John Gary Tilton (above). Port 
Authority Transit Corporation, 
Camden, New Jersey, operates a 
2400 series rapid transit train on the 
test track at Skokie Shop. 

A 35-foot FIxible bus, retrofitted 
with a wheelchair lift at South Shops 
for use in CTA Special Services, is 
viewed by (from left) Emanuel 
Porter, CTA Maintenance depart- 
ment; Steve Schlickman, CTA 
External Affairs division; Mary Lou 
Echternach, Southern California 
Rapid Transit District, and Thomas 
McNichols, Regional Transportation 
Authority, Chicago. 

Participants take a walking tour of 
the State Street subway. 

"I'm a Finance person, so I 
don 't get out in the field much. 
This has been one hell of an 
experience. I'm impressed with 
the size of the Chicago system 
and the dedication of CTA 
employees. They're proud of 
their work and sensitive to 
criticism. Authority seemed to 
be self-efficient, not much out- 
side help or consultants. The 
CTA TI is excellent, well worth 
the time and trouble. " 

Nate Adams 

Finance Manager, Grants 

Southeastern Michigan 

Transportation Authority 

Detroit, Michigan 

AUGUST, 1981 

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Special Services 
personnel receive 
sensitivity training 

Thirty-five of CTA's bus oper- 
ators have been selected to work 
in the Special Services program, 
which will provide service for 
severely mobility-limited riders. 

Isaac Beal, superintendent. 
Special Sei^ces, said that while 
this Initial group of operators is 
being trained to be sensitive to the 
needs of disabled riders, more 
employees are being selected for 
the program. 

The training will enable the op- 
erators to provide proper assist- 
ance to disabled riders, based on 
an understanding of the special 
needs caused by limited mobility. 
Operators are thoroughly trained 
in the use of wheelchair lifts and 
wheelchair securing devices on 
board the special vehicles, and 
various methods of safely assist- 
ing mobility-limited patrons in 
negotiating stairs, ramps, curbs, 
and other obstacles. They are 
also familiarized with the loca- 
tions and accessibility of major 
hospitals, recreational facilities, 
business centers and other major 
points of interest throughout the 
City of Chicago. 

Special Services personnel at 
all levels, from bus operators to 
superintendent, have benefited 
from the initial sensitivity train- 
ing, which was conducted by Fred 
Schneider of the Rehabilitation 
Institute of Chicago. 

"We want to be sure that each 
individual understands every as- 
pect of this service and can step 
in wherever needed to perform the 
task at hand, whatever it may be," 
said Beal. "For that reason, ev- 
erybody, regardless of position. 

TOP: Learning to maneuver a 
wheelchair is especially impor- 
tant to operators assigned to 
Special Services. Participating in 
this training exercise are Frank 
Jones (in wheelchair), and Wil- 
liam Claiborne, bus instructors. 
Observing are (from left) 
Rudolph Roach, key instructor, 
Washington garage, and Harvey 
Kirkpatrick, bus instructor. 
RIGHT: Learning to negotiate 
the curb with a wheelchair is 
Transportation Manager James 
R. Blaa. Sharing the training 
exercise are (from left), Isaac 
Beal, superintendent. Special 
Services; Ward Chamberlain (in 
wheelchair), area superinten- 
dent. Near South, and Harvey 
Kirkpatrick, bus instructor. 

has gone through the same train- 

In addition to the sensitivity 
training, operators are given re- 
fresher courses in defensive driv- 
ing techniques, especially relat- 
ing to winter driving conditions. 
Practice bus operation is also 
being conducted throughout the city 
to familiarize the operators with 
Chicago's neighborhoods and to 

determine travel times between 
various points throughout the city. 
After 30 days of service, bus 
operators will return to the class- 
room, primarily to supply pro- 
gram feedback. "We will also be 
looking at how the operators are 
dealing with the needs of their 
riders in specific difficult situa- 
tions that may be encountered," 
said Beal. 


Chairman's Report 

Special Services 
begins operation 
in September 

Thousands of severely mobility 
limited Chicagoans will have ac- 
cess to mass transit facilities as 
our Special Services program be- 
gins operation in September. 

This special group of passen- 
gers will be provided with a fleet 
of 20 mini-buses tailored specifi- 
cally for the needs of the disabled. 
These buses are being purchased 
with the aid of federal and state 

Each mini-bus will be equipped 
with a wheelchair lift as well as 
other special features to accom- 
modate those people who in the 
past have not been able to use 
public transportation. 

In addition, we are also retro- 
fitting three 35-foot buses to in- 
clude lifts for wheelchairs. Our 
mechanics have done an outstand- 
ing job of renovating these buses 
to meet the needs of this very 
special program. The fine display 
of craftsmanship by our mainte- 
nance staff has played a very im- 
portant part in the program's de- 

Certainly much effort has been 
applied to resolving the difficult 
question of how to best serve our 
severely mobility limited custom- 
ers and improve accessibility to 
transportation in Chicago. 

The operators selected for the 
Special Services program are a- 
mong the finest of our Transporta- 
tion department persamel. They 
are dedicated to excellence in pub- 
lic service, and seem to have a 
special affinity for the require- 
ments of working with these spe- 
cial passengers. 

Training for this group of CTA 
employees, which will enhance 
their sensitivity to the needs of the 
mobility limited , is already under- 

I am very pleased with the de- 
velopment of the Special Services 
program which continues to have 
high priority ui our 1981 program. 

CTA Chairman Eugene M. Barnes addressed the June 1981 graduating class of Edward Hartigan 
Elementary School on the city's south side where he shared the story of his success from bus 
operator to CTA chairman via the state legislature. He assured the class of 70 eighth graders of 
even greater things awaiting them. "You must have dreams and visions, and you must make sure 
that your dreams are high. Make them a reality by making a commitment," he said. Recalling 
that he had graduated from elementary school 36 years ago, the chairman said, "Thirty-six years 
from now. Gene Barnes having been head of the CTA, or a state representative, will seem small in 
comparison to your own accomplishments." 

Harold H. Geissenheimer, General Operations Manager (left), assisted by Harvey Kirkpatrick, bus 
instructor, conducts a guided tour of the CTA Special Services facilities at the Washington garage 
for two members of the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) Work Program Committee. 
Standing on the lift of iJie Special Services bus, designed to accommodate severely mobility- 
limited riders, are (from left) CATS Executive Director Aristide Biciunas and CATS Director, 
Systems Planning, John Orzeske. CATS previously coordinated development of an overall regional 
plan for transportation of the severely mobility-limited. 

AUGUST, 1981 

Advocates train 

for crisis intervention 

A woman returning to her parked car is accosted 
by a man with a knife who forces her to enter the ve- 
hicle and rapes her. Completely devastated by the ex- 
perience and fearful of the unknown, the victim does 
not report the incident. 

Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
indicate that an incident of sexual assault is experi- 
enced by someone in this country every eight minutes, 
regardless of status, race, age, or location. Yet only 
three out of every 10 such incidents are reported. An 
overwhelming number of these crimes of violence are 
not reported as a result of the victim's misconceptions 
and fears of additional problems that might be en- 
coimtered during the aftermath of the Incident, 

Transportation Manager James Blaa, aware of the 
traumatizing effect that sexual assault inflicts upon the 
victim, realized the need for a more sensitive response 
in the event of an employee-related incident. As a 
result of his concern, an advocacy program to train 
female employees to comfort and inform a rape victim 
throughout the emotional crisis hasbeen implemented, 
after 18 months of research and development. 

Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Cobleigh, who 
developed the program mostly on her own time, ex- 
plained that the CTA is providing a team of sensitive 
volunteer CTA women advocates, who will be avail- 
able 24 hours a day, to provide immediate response 
to the needs of the victim in the event of sexual assault. 

Employees wishing to request the services of an 
advocate should phone the CTA Control Center, day or 
night, at 664-9815. The service may also be requested 
by an employee to assist an immediate family mem- 
ber of that employee. 

From the moment of her arrival on the scene, the 
advocate will comfort and assist the victim, and act as 
a sounding board if the victim needs to talk. She will 
help the victim through the traumatic hours that fol- 
low the assault by explaining necessary procedures 
and informing the victim of the availability of profes- 
sional counseling. 

As a sympathetic intermediary for the victim, the 
advocate may be required to speak on the victim's be- 
half during police investigation, hospital procedures, 
or CTA administrative and supervisory details. 

The advocate may also help the victim inform her 
family and answer any questions that they may have 
concerning subsequent procedures. 

Expressing enthusiasm for the program, Blaa said, 
"I have a great concern for the welfare of all CTA 
personnel and their families, especially our Trans- 
portation people who are most vulnerable." 

The advocates' knowledge and empathy are de- 
veloped through a seminar on assault and rape con- 
ducted at the Limits training center in conjunction 
with the Women's Services department of the Loop 
Center YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. 

Transportation Manager James Blaa congratulates Dickelle Fonda (left), 
Barbara Engel (second from left), and Assistant Superintendent Mary 
Beth Cobleigh at the conclusion of the first three-day advocate training 

Recently, 15 management and professional CTA 
women attended the first seminar on sexual assault 
conducted at Limits. The training, tailored specifi- 
cally to the needs of CTA women, covered the psycho- 
logical impact of sexual assault on the victim, her 
needs during the aftermath, the legal, medical, and 
CTA Involvement, and the availability of individualized 
counseling through the Women's Services department 
of the Loop Center YWCA. 

This three-day training program on crisis inter- 
vention was led by Barbara Engel and Dickelle Fonda 
of the Women's Services department of the Loop 
Center YWCA, which has been actively working on the 
development of effective services for rape victims 
since 1972. They now offer short and long-term 
counseling for rape victims and their families. 

Edward Alexander, Jr., a bus operator from 77th street garage, 
his wife, Janet, and their son, Eddie, were guests on the 
American Catholic television feature, "The Lifeblood of 
Love: Communications." The program was aired Tuesday, 
August 18 over Channel 38, the Christian Broadcast network. 
The moderator was Father John Powell, S.J. 


Employees honored with 'A Day in CTA' 

Special recognition for outstanding performance was 
accorded to six CTA employees representing the Transpor- 
tation and Maintenance departments. 

The honorees were touted by management as they 
visited the general office, attended the regular August 
meeting of the CTA board, and toured the control center, 
travel information center and other departments. Other 
highlights of the day included a round table discussion with 

management and lunch at the Merchandise Mart's M&M 

The group included a modem day "Good Samaritan," 
a no-nonsense bus operator who believes in discipline for 
despicable conduct, a repairman who returned a rider's 
briefcase, and three persons with impeccable work records 
and rates of efficiency second to none. 

A former bus operator turned 
product engineer, Robert C. Lee, 
assigned to maintenance at South 
Shops, guided the work crew that 
retrofitted Flxible buses for use in the 
Special Services program serving 
severely mobility-limited riders. Lee 
has been a member of the CTA family 
for 16 years. "A Day in CTA is a good 
way to let employees see the other side 
of the fence," said Lee, who was re- 
cognized for his efficiency. 

North Park Operator Antonio 
Jimenez, a full time temporary em- 
ployee, came to the recue as six young 
men were assaulting an elderly man on 
June 7, before dawn, near Belmont 
avenue. When Jimenez, a graduate 
student at Northwestern University, 
stopped his bus, the men backed away, 
and their victim escaped to safety 
aboard his bus. A citizen's commen- 
dation led to his recognition. "I 
would hope someone would do the 
same for me if I were in trouble," said 
the modest Jimenez. 

Disruption and abuse need not be 
tolerated, as demonstrated by action 
taken by Operator Michael Doss. 
He drove his bus load of unruly youths 
to the police station, as they attempted 
to vandahze his bus and harrass other 
riders in the process. Fines were levied, 
and two of the youths were taken into 
custody, "I'm impressed by Transpor- 
tation's management personnel because 
they seem to really be sensitive to the 
problems of operators," said Doss, a 
driver for 1 1 years. 

If, indeed, a good name is to be 
chosen, rather than great riches, West 
Shops foreman John Angel has suc- 
ceeded. Since mere commendation was 
an insufficient reward for his 34 years 
of outstanding service, he was feted 
with "A Day in CTA" on his 61st 
birthday. Said Angel, "It was inter- 
esting to see how things work in the 
control center, and to see all the 
equipment that they have for keeping 
track of buses." 

Surprise was the response of 
Roland Scheibe, employee of 16 years, 
when his supervisor informed him of 
the letter written by a grateful rider. 
Scheibe, a Desplaines terminal car re- 
pairman, had returned the rider's 
briefcase after finding it in the Des- 
plaines parking lot. "I never expected 
anything, but was good to get the 
letter," said Scheibe, who also in- 
dicated that the highlight of his "Day 
in CTA" was visiting the control center. 

Good teachers are often forgotten, 
but not ticket agent MerUne Mann, a 
CTA employee for lO'/z years, and 
mentor for a younger employee. 
That employee's appreciation for Ms. 
Mann's guidance during her manage- 
ment and professional training led to 
her being an honoree. She was also 
recognized for having collected many 
counterfeit passes, thus saving the 
CTA many fares. "I feel good about 
this because it lets me know that I've 
helped someone who has appreciated 
it," said the West Section ticket agent. 

AUGUST, 1981 

Carol Miles (F2nd Street garage) 
was praised by Carl Sylvester, of 
Coles Avenue, for the way she 
handled her #1 Drexel/Hyde 
Park bus. "The thing that was 
most remarkable about her was 
the pleasurable and professional 
manner in which she performed 
her duties. She greeted all the 
passengers with a 'Good evening. 
Welcome aboard,' and she 
clearly announced every stop. 
When passengers disembarked, 
she told us, 'Watch your step' 
and 'Have a nice evening.' 
Several passengers had questions, 
and she answered them in a most 
proficient manner. A driver of 
this caliber is greatly appre- 

Robert Devitt (North Park gar- 
age) caught the attention of 
Dorothy Mason, who lives on 
Broadway and was a rider on his 
#151 Sheridan bus. "One could 
not help noticing his calm and 
polite manner, especially to 
senior citizens. Also, the careful 
way in which he drove and 
handled the bus. It was a very 
smooth ride from the Loop, and 
a pleasure. He showed pro- 
fessionalism in handling the bus 
and in creating a very good 
atmosphere among the passen- 
gers with his friendly attitude to 
everyone getting on or off. It is 
people like him that make the 
world a better place for the rest 
of us." 

commendation comer 

Albert Gamer (North Park garage) and Roosevelt Conklin 
(Archer garage) were both complimented by Anne Worobiew, 
of South Honore Street. After riding Gamer's #151 
Sheridan bus, she said, "He is one of the most patient, 
pleasant, good-natured men in the world. Eight out of 10 
people asked questions getting on that bus, and so many were 
' dumb ' or obvious. Yet he was polite and pleasant every 
time." Regarding Conklin's handling of a #94 South Cali- 
fomia bus, she said, "After a group of young men got on, 
something smelled. The driver stopped to let someone off, 
left the door open and said, 'No smoking on the bus.' He 
waited, just looking in the mirror. Then he said, 'You'll 
have to get off if you don't stop smoking.' He got his way 
quietly and firmly. I felt very safe on his bus." 

Ivory Graham (South Section) was admired by Christan 
Moffett, of Oak Park, "for the very professional and re- 
sponsible manner in which she handled her duties" on a 
Lake/Dan Ryan train. "Two men and a woman with a baby 
got on and gave the conductor expired transfers. When the 
conductor refused to accept them and asked for fares, they 
gave her verbal abuse and produced very large bOls which 
could not be changed. They began harassing us other pas- 
sengers for change. When the conductor stopped the train, 
the fares were finally produced. The conductor was courte- 
ous but firm in handling what was an extremely tense 

Clarence Richardson (77th Street garage) was com- 
mended by Melody Nelson, of Calumet Avenue, for remain- 
ing cool while being verbally abused by a rider on his #3 
King Drive bus. "He was very calm, tried to ignore the 
rider. All of us passengers were disgusted with this drunk 
and were waiting for someone to throw him off the bus. 
Mr. Richardson continued his route, was pleasant to boarding 
passengers, and called out all stops. He did his job well con- 
sidering the unnecessary stress he was under. He did not let 
anyone or anything interfere with his responsibility, and I 
thought he acted just beautifully." 

Patrick Owens (77th Street garage) was thanked by Ann 
Hoffman, of Woodlawn Avenue, for thwarting the theft of 

her wallet on his #28 Stony Island bus. "A young man 
getting off the bus stole my wallet from my purse. The 
driver shouted in such a way that the thief and the rest of 
the passengers froze where they were. The thief was so 
alarmed and unable to run easily, he dropped my wallet and 
put his hands up. My wallet with aU its contents was re- 
covered intact. I feel it is only proper to let you know of the 
action the driver took to prevent this crime and help a pas- 
senger in a vulnerable situation." 

Joseph Christy (North Avenue garage) was noticed by 
William Gass, of Wabansia Avenue, who was a rider on his 
#72 North bus. "He is one of the best drivers in your whole 
system. He knows how to handle a bus - smooth stops and 
no jerks on starting up. He is courteous and pleasant - a 
wonderful driver. He is a credit to the CTA and goes out of 
his way to help his passengers. He waits for them when he 
sees them running to catch his bus. He's a fine man." 

Earmon Davis (52nd Street garage) "should be a model 
for all other drivers to emulate," according to Gregory 
Lotsman, of South Michigan Avenue, an 82-year-old rider on 
his #38 Indiana bus. "He makes going to and from work a 
pleasurable experience. He greets every passenger with a 
cheerful 'Good moming.' He clearly and loudly announces 
the stops, and offers sensible information about them. He 
is patient, considerate and tolerant of the behavior of some 
irritating passengers, and answers questions about directions 
patiently and willingly. He is a boon to CTA and to the 

Fannie Ross (Lawndale garage) was thanked for her con- 
cern for passengers while driving a #52 Kedzie/California 
bus by Loma Kashne, of West 50th Place. "The bus driver 
was letting us off (at 63rd and Kedzie) when she heard a gun- 
shot and saw trouble nearby. She immediately told us to get 
back on the bus, and she called for help. She should cer- 
tainly be commended for her quick action and her concem 
for the riders. It's wonderful to see such interest in our 
fellow Chicagoans. Normally we hear so much bad and very 
little good. We appreciate her concern for our safety." 



Thanks - - for a job well done 

Mahmoud Aminian, North Park Syed Ismail, Forest Glen 

Arthur Barrios, Lawndale 
Fred Bee, North Park 
Ionia Bush, North Avenue 

Jean Cage, Limits 
Naomi Caldwell, 77th Street 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Leroy Carr, Forest Glen 
Tyree Cobb Jr., North Avenue 
Michael Cobleigh, North Park 
James Coleman, Archer 

Eugene Davis, Beverly 

Wendell Edwards, Limits 

Jewel Frezell, North Park 

Corine Glaspie, West Section 

Michael Harris, 77th Street 
Nathaniel Hawkins Jr., Limits 
Cecilio Hernandez, Forest Glen 

Zeke Jagst, North Park 
Willie James, North Park 
Antonio Jimenez, North Park 

Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen 

President Laura, Lawndale 
Robert Lemke, Forest Glen 
Melvin Little Jr., North Avenue 
Robert Lucas, Lawndale 

Adolph Marth, North Park 
Mario Merendon, Forest Glen 
Angel Mojica, North I'ark 
Edgar Mollinedo, North Park 
Frederick Moore, North Park 
Leonard Morris, 69th Street 
Alice Mosley, Limits 

Millie Pamell, 52nd Street 
Juan Perez, Limits 

Employees who received commendations 
during the last month. 

Hosey Reynolds Jr., 77th Street 
Percy Riddick, 77th Street 
Alva Robbins, North Park 
Milton Roman, Howard/Kimball 
Jonathan Ross, Lawndale 

Thomas Schoenfeld, Forest Glen 
Ronald Singleton, 69th Street 
Frank Smith Jr., Forest Glen 
Rick Space, Forest Glen 
Joe Spears, Forest Glen 
Theodore Stutts, Archer 

Howard Taylor, North Avenue 
Lynval Thompson, 52nd Street 
Virgil Turner Jr., Archer 

Lola Wellington, Archer 
Mack Williams, 52nd Street 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 

Joseph Zukerman, North Park 


Seven Maintenance Department 
employees have been appointed 
unit supervisors in Vehicle 
Maintenance. Assigned to Auto- 
motive Vehicle Maintenance are: 
Daniel Costley, former relief 
foreman, and William Wilson, 
former p.m. foreman, both from 
North Avenue; John Dutton, for- 
mer assistant foreman, Archer; 
Vito Collyard, former assistant 
foreman. Rail Vehicle Mainte- 
nance-South, and Ronald Cook, 
former safety specialist. Support 

Now serving as unit supervi- 
sors in Rail Vehicle Maintenance 
are Joseph Anderson, former 
methods & standards technician. 
South Shops, and Gregory An- 
drews, former bus repairer. North 

In other job reassignments, 
Pamela Haney, former ccnductor, 
South Section, has been selected 
yard foreman in the same section. 
Yvonne Ward, former buyer. Ma- 
terials Management- Procurement, 

has become procurement analyst, 
also in the same section. 

Lawrence Craig, former bus 
operator. Archer, is now station 
clerk. Bus System. Carol Kim- 
brough, former electric keyboard 
operator. Management Services- 
Administrative Services, has been 

named utility clerk. Materials 
Management-Stores. Patricia 
Dunek, former secretarial steno- 
grapher. Human Resources- 
Employment & Placement, has 
become clerk stenographer. 
Transportation- Mart. 

Recently appointed assistant professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University, 
Baltimore, Md., was Dr. Allan D. Hess, son of retired bus operator Harry J. (Archer 
garage) and Mrs. Sonya Hess, and the brother of Susan K. Hess (Placement section), 
and Maria T. Hess (Insurance department). Dr. Hess,who resides in Baltimore with his 
wife, MaryEllen, and their infant daughter, Joellyn, received his Ph.D. degree from the 
University of Illinois Medical Center, and bachelor of arts degree from DePaul University. 
His post doctoral fellowship in Human Cancer Research was taken at Duke University, 
North Carolina. 

AUGUST, 1981 

241 Golf 

ABOVE: Just before the tournament began, 
these participants posed for this group shot. 
From left, Levy Edwards, 77th Street; Sean 
Strickland, son of Albert Strickland (standing 
next to him),77th Street; Tanzell Govan, 52nd 
Street; Oscar Norton, guest; Bob Norton, 
guest; James Elliott, 77th Street; Ron Norton, 
guest; Ken Norton, guest; Bill Norton, guest; 
Derrell Norton, North Avenue, and Charles 
Hall, treasurer. Local 241. RIGHT: The 
winner of the Local 241 golf tournament for 
1981 was (left) Luster Morton, District A. 
He is pictured here displaying the trophy 
presented to him by Isiah Thomas, secretary. 
Local 241, John Weatherspoon, president. 
Local 241, and Charles Hall, treasurer. Local 
241. BOTTOM LEFT; Keeping her head 
down and her eye on the ball as she tees off 
Is Beverly Jackson, Employee Counseling. 
Watching her form is Mel Alexander, Public 
Affairs, and Roger Wood, manager. Adminis- 
trative Services. BOTTOM RIGHT: A sur- 
prise participant in the golf outing was State 
Senator Richard H. Newhouse, 24th District, 
pictured here with Local 241 President John 



Bob Legg, retired North Avenue operator, 
brought his sure-fire driver and golf ball with 
him to make sure he got off a good drive. 

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ABOVE LEFT: Lining up to tee off are 
(from left) Walter Caston, assistant superin- 
tendent. Far South Area; Willie McCann, 
District A, and Fred Russell, 77th Street. 
ABOVE RIGHT: Hitting out of the sand 
trap is Bill McCarthy, Beverly, as Lowell 
Brubach, retired. North Park, watches the 
action. LEFT; Mike Stroden, Employee 
Counseling, gets off a mighty drive as (from 
left) Rich Guidice, RTA; Don Lemm, Risk 
Management, and Chuck Andersen, Insurance, 
watch his form. 

AUGUST. 1981 



South Shops was tops with sug- 
gestion award winners for the first 
half of 1981 as six of its person- 
nel received a combined total of 
$2,340 of the $4,285 awarded in 
major prize money last month. 

Suggestion Coordinator Gene 
Jendrach said that, as of June 30, 
the Suggestion Plan Committee had 
adopted 31 employee suggestions 
which netted the CTA a total an- 
nual savings of $28,566. 

The big winner was Frank 
Sprovieri, carpenter expediter in 
Area 312 of the body shop who was 
awarded $1,400 for his proposal 
to fabricate rear engine doors for 
CMC buses. The Suggestion Plan 
Committee estimated that Spro- 
vieri' s suggestion alone will save 
the CTA approximately $21,000 
annually. Sprovieri is a previous 
winner in the Suggestion Plan. 

Wayne Matejka and Michael 
Keele, electrical workers who 
shared in the suggestion to re- 
furbish brush holders for three- 
fourth horsepower bus blower 
motors, were awarded $450 each. 
The committee also awarded Ma- 
tejka $190 for suggesting that an 
inline fuse be used for the voltage 
regulators of older buses. Keele 
also received a $35 award as a 
second honorable mention for an- 
other suggestion. 

A $90 award went to Ralph 
Keene of the Utility department 
for his suggestion to reposition the 
battery box on Mustang loaders to 
the rear fender. 

Another top winner was Frank 
C. Corbett, senior schedule clerk 
in the Schedules department, who 
received an $820 supplemental 
award for suggesting a saving of 
bus miles during mid-day by stor- 
ing more buses at 15th and State 
street. Corbett was the only ma- 
jor supplemental suggestion award 

Meanwhile, the committee 
awarded $750 to three workers at 
Skolde Shop for their suggestions. 
Leading in this area was Angelo 
DeAngelis, an electrical worker, 

TOP: Frank Sprovieri admires his checl< for $1,400 awarded for his suggestion to fabricate rear 
engine doors for GIVIC buses. Standing with Sprovieri at the rear of the GMC bus is Jim Pankonen, 
director, Vehicle IVIaintenance. ABOVE: Gene Jendrach (right), suggestion coordinator, presents 
to Frank Corbett, senior schedule clerk, a check for $820, a supplemental award for his suggestion 
on saving CTA bus miles, as Michele Hawkins, suggestion clerk, looks on. 

who received $460 for his sug- 
gestion to use insulated cable to 
replace the copper brush strap on 
rapid transit car motors. 

Anello DiGianfilippo, a final 
assembler, was awarded $220 for 
suggesting a new tool to align the 
kingpin and bolster on rapid transit 
trucks. Kerry Howe, an electri- 
cal worker at Skokie Shop, was 
awarded $70 for suggesting a new 
method of repairing 2000 series 
rapid transit car destination signs 
and bushings. 

Margaret Walker, a control 
clerk in Accounts Payable, re- 
ceived $100 for suggesting a new 
form to be used for correcting er- 
rors keyed into computer termi- 
nals in that department. 

Cash awards of $10 each for 
suggestions which rated honorable 
mention went to Joan Lomax, cen- 

tral forms coordinator. Manage- 
ment Services; Jack Lira, laborer, 
Materials Management; Patrick 
McNamara, ticket agent; Grant 
Greene and Terry Be me ro, vehicle 
maintenance, Skokie Shop, and Jo- 
seph Motyka and Vince Dawson, 
bus operators, Forest Glen ga- 

Other honorable mentions were: 
Richard Rusinak, security; Mary 
B. Smith, bus operator, 69th Street 
garage; Peter S. Buck, electrical 
worker, Skokie Shop; Sophie Rey- 
nolds, stenographer. Schedules 
department; Kenneth Pott, painter, 
South Shops; Pablo Caride, paint- 
er, Skokie Shop; David Rosenthal, 
bus operator. North Park garage; 
Virginia Lane, stenographer, En- 
gineering department, and Eileen 
Hall, applications analysis. Data 





DANIEL BOWEN Sr., Chauffeur, 

Utility, Emp, 11-28-52 
WALTER COLEMAN, Upholsterer, 

South Shops, Emp. 4-3-52 

Archer, Emp. 7-12-43 
WILLIE FRANKS, Rail Janitor, 

Maintenance, Emp. 6-12-51 
CECIL GRAVES, Motorman, 

95th Street, Emp. 7-26-51 

Maintenance, Emp. 6-17-46 
WILLIAM LEWIS, Travel Info. Rep., 

Travel Info. Center, Emp. 10-30-44 

Archer, Emp, 3-16-53 
NORMAN MILLIES, Signal Maintainer, 

West Shops, Emp. 11-21-41 
SAMXIEL MILLER, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 9-13-56 

77th Street, Emp. 9-26-63 
ALFRED SCHUSTER, Elect. Foreman B, 

West Shops, Emp. 11-21-60 


Management Services, Emp. 7-30-52 

Pensioner Johnny Spoo 


50th wedding anniversary 

Retiree John Spoo and his wife, 
Helen, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary last month by renewing 
their vows in a ceremony at St. Rita 
church, 63rd and Washtenaw. A party 
for the couple, sponsored by the Spoos' 
three children, Carol, Jack, and Bob, 
was held at Red Lantern Restaurant. 
Spoo, a supervisor in District "B", be- 
came a pensioner in 1973. (Thanks to 
Bill Henderson, chief clerk. Archer ga- 
rage, for sending us this item.) 


Volume 34 

Number 8 

Published for employees and retirees of the CTA 

bY the External Affairs Division, Joby H. Berman, 


Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs 

Department, Bill Baxa, Manager. 

Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin 
Production Assistant: Editorial Assistant: 

Mel Alexander Rick Willis 

Contributing Writers: Elda Leal, 
Jeff Stern, Don Yabush 
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Distributed free of charge to all active and retired 
CTA employees. Annual subscription price to 
others, S2. CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, 
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Illinois 60654. 

ELMER ALM, 75, Beverly, 

Emp. 7-15-29, Died 6-18-81 
FRANK BLACK, 73, Beverly, 

Emp. 1-23-29, Died 6-4-81 
CHESTER BUCKLEY, 76, Beverly, 

Emp. 12-9-26, Died 6-9-81 

Emp. 5-21-30, Died 6-6-81 
QUEEN CHILDS, 33, Limits, 

Emp. 12-13-79, Died 7-3-81 
MALACHI COWLING, 62, 77th Street, 

Emp. 9-22-47, Died 6-15-81 
JAMES DALTON, 90, Kedzie, 

Emp. 7-16-21, Died 6-6-81 
WILLIAM DEVEREUX, 74, Schedules, 

Emp. 10-8-28, Died 6-8-81 
LEROY GALLAGHER, 72, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 4-23-45, Died 6-21-81 
MICHAEL KEANE, 73, Transportation, 

Emp. 4-14-43, Died 6-6-81 
HAROLD KING, 79, North Avenue, 

Emp. 7-7-23, Died 6-8-81 
MALCOLM LYONS, 73, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-13-36, Died 6-13-81 

REDMOND LYONS, 86, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-22-24, Died